Dame Deborah James revealed her heartbreaking ‘final wish’ shortly before passing away on June 28 from bowel cancer.
Explaining why, she said: “As much as I love London I can’t even get up the steps to pee, it’s not practical and my parents live in a bungalow. And I can see greenery and my whole family can come here.
“It’s kind of where I’ve always wanted to die, weirdly. I’ve always had that in mind. I think I always knew I didn’t want to be at my London home. It doesn’t feel right to me.”
Devastatingly, James went on to say that she also didn’t want to die at her London home because of her two kids.
She continued: “There’s nothing I can describe that feels relaxing in that capacity. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lovely place but I also think it’s not right for me but it means the kids can go back there and they don’t have those medical equipment scars faced everywhere.
“It can continue to be their home without those memories, which might be a good thing.”
James’ family took to Instagram yesterday and announced that the 40-year-old had tragically died following her battle with cancer.
Their statement read: “Dame Deborah James. We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Dame Deborah James; the most amazing wife, daughter, sister, [and] mummy. Deborah passed away peacefully today, surrounded by her family.
“Deborah, who many of you will know as Bowelbabe, was an inspiration and we are incredibly proud of her and her work and commitment to charitable campaigning, fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness of cancer that touched so many lives.
“Deborah shared her experience with the world to raise awareness, break down barriers, challenge taboos and change the conversation around cancer. Even in her most challenging moments, her determination to raise money and awareness was inspiring.
“We thank you for giving us time in private as a family, and we look forward to continuing Deborah’s legacy long into the future through the @bowelbabefund.
“Thank you for playing your part in her journey, you are all incredible.
“And a few final things from Deborah… ‘Find a life worth enjoying; take risks; love deeply; have no regrets; and always, always have rebellious hope. And finally, check your poo – it could just save your life’.”
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