Dame Deborah James’ mother celebrates six months since her daughter’s death

Dame Deborah James’ mother posted a touching message to her Instagram on the eve of six months since her daughter’s death.

Heather James, 64, shared a video of herself walking Deborah’s Winston on the Maroon 5 Memories soundtrack, in a local park in Surrey.

The former broadcaster and manager, known as Bowel Babe, died at the age of 40 in June, five years after she was diagnosed with stage four cancer when blood was found in her stool.

“As many of you realize tomorrow is until six months since Deborah died, and some days I feel like an eternity but on others it’s just like it was yesterday,” Heather wrote on social media.

Dame Deborah James’ mother posted a touching message to her Instagram on the eve of six months since her daughter’s death (pictured)

Mum-of-three and grandmother-of-four thought of the family’s first Christmas without saying they had “spent the last few days reminiscing about all that Deborah has achieved along with many good memories”.

However, she said it was “also tinged with sadness” to see how much Deborah loves Christmas and to prepare for the big day.

Heather’s Instagram post read: ‘It was great to walk today because nature and fresh air can help boost your spirits in difficult times. Thank you for all of your lovely messages, your love and support have meant so much to me these past few months.

As many of you know, tomorrow will be six months since Deborah died, and some days this seems like an eternity but other days it’s like it was yesterday. Christmas can be difficult when you lose someone close to you.

The former broadcaster and manager, known as Bowel Babe (pictured here with her mother), died at the age of 40 in June, five years after she was diagnosed with stage four cancer when blood was found in her stool.

The former broadcaster and manager, known as Bowel Babe (pictured here with her mother), died at the age of 40 in June, five years after she was diagnosed with stage four cancer when blood was found in her stool.

The mother of three and grandmother of four reflected on the family's first Christmas without Deborah

The mother of three and grandmother of four reflected on the family’s first Christmas without Deborah

We have spent the last few days remembering all that Deborah has achieved along with many good memories but this was also tinged with sadness knowing how much she loved Christmas and was always the life and soul of our celebrations.

“I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and if you also feel the loss of someone close to you, you were able to raise a glass celebrating their lives and remembering the good times like we did with Deborah.”

Last week Heather and her husband, Alistair, honored her daughter at The Royal Marsden Foundation Trust in London, where Deborah has been undergoing cancer treatment for five years.

Heather shared the moment on Instagram and said losing someone makes Christmas especially difficult.

Dame Deborah James' parents Heather (left) and Alistair (right) honor her at The Royal Marsden Foundation Trust in London, where she underwent 5 years of cancer treatment

Dame Deborah James’ parents Heather (left) and Alistair (right) honor her at The Royal Marsden Foundation Trust in London, where she underwent 5 years of cancer treatment

She captioned the post: ‘A touching evening visiting Ever After Garden in aid of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

We felt it important to see the warm sea of ​​glowing roses with each one a special message written in memory of a loved one.

For us it was also great to see a memorial plaque in Deborah’s honor in a place that has had a lot of interest over the past few years.

“Thinking of everyone who has lost someone over the past year makes this Christmas especially difficult.”

Heather looked out at the warm sea of ​​glowing roses — each one with a special message written in memory of a loved one

Heather looked out at the warm sea of ​​glowing roses — each one with a special message written in memory of a loved one

Heather said it was very nice to see a plaque in Deborah's honor at The Royal Marsden

Heather said it was very nice to see a plaque in Deborah’s honor at The Royal Marsden

In one of the photos, Heather put a message to her late daughter in a rose lighting field that read: “Deborah James our lovely daughter we will miss you forever love mom xxx”

While another message reads: “Deborah keep your light shining forever, may your legacy live on, Dad.”

Last month Heather recalled the moment her daughter told her she couldn’t go on when her health deteriorated dramatically earlier this year.

Deborah Alistair's father put a special note in his daughters' memory of the Sea of ​​Roses glow

Deborah Alistair’s father put a special note in his daughters’ memory of the Sea of ​​Roses glow

In one of the photos, Heather put a rose-lighting message to her late daughter that read:

In one of the photos, Heather put a message to her late daughter in a rose lighting field that read: “Deborah James our lovely daughter we will miss you forever love mom xxx”

Losing someone makes Christmas especially difficult, Dame's mother Deborah Heather said in an Instagram post

Losing someone makes Christmas especially difficult, Dame’s mother Deborah Heather said in an Instagram post

In a video for Stand Up to Cancer, Dame Deborah’s mother — also called “Bowel Gran” — spoke about how her daughter struggled in hospital for the first few months of 2022 after suffering severe bleeding in January.

She revealed that this was the first time that Deborah – who raised £7m for Cancer Research UK – had admitted that she did not have the will to continue treatment.

Heather, 65, revealed: ‘Since then Deborah has basically lived at The Royal Marsden and slowly deteriorated, I can remember her saying one day ‘I can’t do this anymore’ and this is the first time she has said that. [that]”.

Deborah’s mum also opened up about her daughter’s transition over the past few months after the inspirational broadcaster left hospital in May 2022 to be with her family.

Heather recalled the moment her daughter told her she couldn't go on as her health deteriorated due to her bowel cancer diagnosis.

Heather recalled the moment her daughter told her she couldn’t go on as her health deteriorated due to her bowel cancer diagnosis.

In a video for Stand Up to Cancer, Dame Deborah's mom - also called

In a video for Stand Up to Cancer, mother of Dame Deborah — also called “Bowel Gran” — talks about how her daughter struggled in the hospital in the first few months of 2022. Both were filmed in January

Deborah, who hosted the You, Me and the Big C podcast, passed away this summer after first being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 at the age of 35.  photo in January

Deborah, who hosted the You, Me and the Big C podcast, passed away this summer after first being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 at the age of 35. photo in January

“I can remember her saying ‘I’m going home to die but I don’t want to die,'” she said emotionally. And she went, “I know you don’t want to die, baby.”

Heather described the last two months of Deborah’s life as “the best eight weeks as a family”, as well as “the saddest weeks one could ever go through”.

Speaking candidly about the moment of her death, Heather said her daughter’s “breathing changed” after a hospice nurse confirmed she was “dying”.

“We were so grateful that we were all there at that last moment,” her mother said. It was a force of nature. She was always lively, enthusiastic, and full of life.

Deborah's mum also opened up about her daughter's transition over the past few months after the inspirational broadcaster left hospital in May 2022 to be with her family.  photo in January

Deborah’s mum also opened up about her daughter’s transition over the past few months after the inspirational broadcaster left hospital in May 2022 to be with her family. photo in January

Heather told the Stand Up to Cancer segment how proud she is of her daughter's Bowel Babe identity.  Deborah pictured in June

Heather told the Stand Up to Cancer segment how proud she is of her daughter’s Bowel Babe identity. Deborah pictured in June

Sharing the clip on her Instagram, Heather wrote: “I was honored to be involved in making this short film on Deborah’s life in support of @su2cuk.

It’s the tenth anniversary of this charity that was close to Deborah’s heart.

Deborah, who hosted the You and Me and the Big C podcast, passed away this summer after first being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 at the age of 35.

Heather told the Stand Up to Cancer segment how proud she is of her daughter’s Bowel Babe identity.

“She wanted to be a baby, and she could hide behind it, and I’m so proud of that point, because she’s put aside her pain and will be there 24/7 for anyone who needs her,” she said.

Read more:

‘May your legacy live on’: Dame Deborah James’ parents pay tribute to her at The Royal Marsden where she was treated for cancer for 5 years

Dame Deborah James’ mother remembers the heartbreaking moment her daughter told her ‘I can’t do this anymore’ before she died from bowel cancer

‘My heart is broken’: Dame Deborah James’ mum Heather posts heartbreaking tribute to daughter who died of bowel cancer aged 40


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