Campaigner Dame Deborah James says she is ‘angry’ at being terminally ill but hopes to comfort others | UK News


Dame Deborah James says she is “angry” at the fact that she is terminally ill and said she doesn’t want to die.

The campaigner – who last month was honoured with a damehood from the Duke of Cambridge – spoke about how she was feeling after doctors told her there was nothing else they could do for her.

Dame Deborah has been documenting her journey on social media after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016.

She has raised more than £6.6million for Cancer Research UK, Bowel Cancer UK and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity through her Bowelbabe fund on JustGiving.

Read more: Deborah James ‘in tears’ as £1.5m raised within 24 hours of tragic cancer update

Podcaster Deborah James whose series You, Me and the Big C has documented her life with bowel cancer. Pic: Deborah James/bowelbabe Instagram
Dame Deborah was honoured with a damehood from the Duke of Cambridge last month. Pic: Deborah James/bowelbabe Instagram

Dame Deborah said she felt “angry” this week in particular, but added that she gets joy at doing things such as helping her family cook and getting ready in the morning.

She told The Sun: “Dying is really hard. I’ve been consumed by anger this week, in all honesty, I’ve been a real b*tch.

“I keep shouting at people and pushing them away. I’m angry at what’s happening to me. I don’t want to die.”

She said what is happening “feels like a horrible joke”, adding that death is “life’s last taboo” and she hopes that by talking about it she brings comfort to others.

Earlier this week, Dame Deborah held a sleepover with her friends and family, which she said “put such a smile to my face”.


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