Deborah James became known worldwide after, in May, she published a post claiming that her body “can no longer last”. She died at home with her family who announced her death on Tuesday (28).
English presenter Deborah James has died at the age of 40 of bowel cancer, which she was diagnosed with in 2016.
Her health condition became world famous after she wrote a Instagram post saying goodbye, on May 9. James hosted the BBC’s “You, Me and Big C” podcast, which discusses the lives of people with cancer.
And his family announced his death, also Tuesday (28), on Instagram: “Deborah passed away peacefully today, surrounded by her family.”
The announcer, who has two children, was described in the post as “the most wonderful wife, daughter, sister and mother.”
She was receiving hospice care at her parents’ home in Woking, England, after it was determined the treatment was no longer working. His liver stopped working six months ago and doctors said further treatments would be “futile”.
“No one knows how long I have left, but I am unable to walk, I sleep most days, and most of the things I take for granted are distant dreams,” she said in a May post.
“I know we’re looking at all possibilities. But even with all the innovative cancer treatments in the world or even if there’s a new magic breakthrough, my body can’t go on any longer.”
Deborah launched the Bowelbabe Fund to advance personalized medicine in cancer care. In less than 24 hours, the fund managed to cross £1m, far exceeding its initial target of £250,000. Today, the figure has already exceeded 6.8 million pounds.
Her Instagram account has surpassed 1 million followers, and in May, she was named Lady by Prince William, who visited her at her parents’ home and praised the cancer awareness the presenter promoted.
Deborah was a deputy principal of a school, and after being diagnosed with cancer, she started blogging. She soon won a column on The Sun’s website, and in 2018, she began hosting a BBC podcast with Rachel Bland and Lauren Mahon, who also has cancer. Bland, another presenter, died at the age of 40, six months after the show’s launch. Mahone continues to host the podcast.
– This text was published in http://bbc.co.uk/portuguese/geral-61975002
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