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‘Even the doctors were in tears’ Deborah James’ husband recalls final months together
Sebastien Bowen, the widower of the late Dame Deborah James, has discussed their final months together in a moving tribute.The London banker discussed how even the doctors “were in tears” when Deborah was moved on to end of life care. Sebastien’s late wife Deborah died two months ago after a five-year-long battle with incurable bowel cancer. On June 28, Deborah died at the age of 40 surrounded by her friends and family, after raising millions for cancer charities. Deborah used her voice on the BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C, as well as on her Instagram @Bowelbabe to raise awareness for the disease. The presenter and Sebastien are parents to 14-year-old son Hugo and a daughter called Eloise, 12.In Deborah’s final few weeks, she returned to her parents’ home in Woking, Surrey, to spend time with her family before her death. Sebastien recalled the heartbreaking moment it was decided Deborah had to be placed on end-of-life care after bravely fighting for five years. “She came home from the Royal Marsden when they couldn’t do any more, and even the doctors who had been looking after her for the past five years and were cut from steel were in tears,” he explained.“We were told she might not make it to the weekend but, somehow, she found this inner strength and managed another eight weeks. “They were some of the most mind-blowing, magical days of both our lives.”Later on in his interview with The Times, he went on to speak about how full of life Deborah was.“She was making the most of every last moment. But that was her,” he reflected.
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Merlin Griffiths warns of 'horrible' cancer symptoms as he teams up with Matt Dawson
bowel cancer in 2021, is currently undergoing treatment and Matt, who lost his grandfather to the condition at the age of 60, and more recently his mother was diagnosed with the disease in her late 50s.Explaining more about his condition exclusively to Express.co.uk, Merlin, who is best known from Channel 4’s First Dates, shared: “My experience with bowel cancer so far has not been nearly as bad as others who have had it.“Cancer is still pretty horrible but bottom line, compared to what others have gone through I think I have been very lucky.”When asked what his diagnosis was like, and why he felt the need to go to the doctors in the first place, Merlin continued to say: “It was persistent and largely unexplainable change in bowel habits that triggered it for me.“Obviously there is the weight loss, lumps in the tummy, or blood in your poo that you look for, but another one I had was extreme tiredness. But that was only noticeable with hindsight.“I would have these odd days once in a while where I would just drop and I wouldn’t be able to do anything.”Working as a bartender, Merlin put his unexplainable symptoms down to the long hours he worked, especially as he stayed up until the early hours of the morning.Having put one of his most concerning symptoms down to lifestyle habits, Merlin was motivated even more to speak about his experience, to try and encourage others not to make the same mistake.He added: “These symptoms individually or even together, you could be tempted not to worry about them, because chances are they are ok.
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BBC's George Alagiah in 'extreme pain' as 'tumour site' found amid agonising cancer battle
BBC anchor added that there was a period where four straight hours of sleep felt like a luxury to him last year.“Sleep deprivation was an issue, but I don’t want people to think I am feeling sorry for myself," he added.George was first diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in April 2014.'Terrible when you get caught out!' Karren Brady mocks Meghan MarkleAside from a 15-week break, where it was believed the cancer had gone, he has been on chemotherapy almost ever since.The BBC star added he had lost count of the number of rounds of treatment he has had, noting it was over 100.At present, George has low doses for around three-quarters of the year and then higher doses.The treatment, he states, causes "discomfort all the way from my mouth to my bum" after three days of chemo.He went on to say there was "uncertainty" about whether or not this will change.George took a break from his presenting duties in October 2021 and returned back in April.He says that although the job leaves him "absolutely knackered", he feels mentally "rejuvenated"."I've been with people who treat me as they always did, who don't patronise me, and it is a tremendous fillip," he added.Kevin Costner' heartbreak amid $80m divorce after 16 years of marriage [LATEST]Tom Jones' romance with 'starstruck' singer unveiled before her death [REVEALED]Sue Barker asked Cliff Richard to stop ‘harping on’ about her [INTERVIEW]The journalist's main worry is leaving behind his wife of 38 years Frances Robathan and their two children Adam, 34, and Matthew, 30.He revealed how his wish is to hold hands with his spouse until his final day."I'm not too scared for myself," he revealed."But, I'm here on the third floor of our house, and I am looking out of the window at
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Lorraine Kelly tearfully announces plans to get tattooed in honour of Dame Deborah James
Lorraine, 62, had a more unusual way to remember her friend than just donating."I think yesterday there was a whole bunch of us that said we're going to get tattoos with Rebellious Hope on them," she told the world on her show.She added candidly: "I think I agreed to that!"Rebellious Hope was the slogan Deborah created as she neared the end of her life.She had it emblazoned on T-shirts, which were then donned by celebrities including Andy Murray's wife Kim, who wore one of the garments in the audience at Wimbledon.Lorraine seemed to be planning for a more permanent etching of the word, telling Dr Hilary Jones: "We're just deciding where they're going to be!"The TV doctor seemed a little nervous about the prospect, quizzing: "Why are you looking at me?"However he conceded: "The only person I would do it for is Deborah, so I'll have a think about that!"A heartbroken Lorraine assured the audience of her beloved friend that regardless of who gets a tattoo, "She'll never ever be forgotten."She had attended Wednesday's memorial service with fellow presenter Gaby Roslin and other mourners, alongside Deborah's family who were brandishing white flowers.The presenter had taken to Instagram later to share her feelings about what had taken place."My dear friend your funeral today was beautiful," she wrote."Your children and your husband gave the most heartfelt and lovely tributes."You would have been so proud," she assured her in the open letter.Adding that she missed her friend already, she fondly described her as a "fabulous, funny, passionate force of nature".Deborah had maintained a positive mindset ever since first being diagnosed with the deadly disease back in 2016.Her biggest fear had been the prospect of leaving behind her
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'Too scared to do anything' Chris Evans on bowel cancer scare after Deborah James' death
Chris Evans has opened up about a bowel cancer scare he experienced following the death of BBC podcast host Dame Deborah James.The radio star, 56, paid tribute to the mum-of-two following her heartbreaking death aged 40 from the disease, before revealing that he experienced a scare almost a decade ago.The flame-haired star spoke candidly about tragically losing family members to the disease while addressing his own experience.Chris said: "So because of my family history of bowel cancer, my dad died of bowel cancer and both his brothers did, both my uncles."So it got all of them, it wiped them out, so I'm very high risk."The father of five went on to relay an incident which led him to urgently seek medical advice.The radio host continued: "A few years ago I went to have my first colonoscopy following a toilet experience which literally took my breath away."So nothing had happened to me or, as far as I was concerned, to do with blood in my stools ever."He added: "And then one day I think it was eight or nine years ago now, I wrote about it in one of my books, I looked in the pan and it was like somebody had poured a tin of red paint in there."It was so weird, because I'd been told I was high risk and I was too scared to do anything about it"I don't know why, I don't know why, I just was," Chris explained.Addressing the experience, he went on: "I sort of didn't want to know, you know that one, which is crazy but completely understandable, especially for some reason where blokes are concerned."But the strangest thing happened, when I saw this, I just went to the telephone, didn't tell my wife, didn't tell anybody I knew, phoned my doctor and booked an appointment."It was so strange, I didn't even think about it, it was
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‘Been tears’ BBC's Deborah James' update as she returns from hospital amid cancer battle
Instagram yesterday to give fans the latest update on her return home.The You, Me & The Big C presenter had spent over four weeks undergoing cancer treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital.On Saturday, Deborah announced she had been discharged but admitted being back home also presented some challenges.She shared a picture of herself smiling outside the hospital in view of her 401,000 followers.The podcast host captioned the shot: “About last night! I’ve been discharged home!“I’m aware I’ve been quiet on here recently but the last week especially has pushed me to use every ounce of energy to find the strength to get through each day and get home.“I’ve been in hospital for a month and two days, and I cannot tell you how hard it’s been, both mentally and physically to get through this.“It’s pushed me to limits I didn’t think existed despite my previous stays.”The mum-of-two went on: “Of course I’ll share with you why over the coming weeks.“But for now I just wanted to say thank you for all the incredible messages, the kind and thoughtful gestures, the virtual hug of support that has blown me away since I’ve been in hospital.“I’ve got challenges ahead of me, like always, but for now I get the weekend with my family and that is the best thing I could ever ask for.”But being home again meant Deborah got to enjoy the sunshine and the company of her loved ones again.She uploaded a picture of herself relaxing and sunbathing outside with her family.In the caption, the BBC star described the side effects of her medication as she confessed “there have been tears” while she tried to readjust.She wrote: “Not going to lie, going from a month in hospital to being at home isn’t plain sailing.‘Obviously not weeing in a bowl is soo nice!
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'Blood everywhere' BBC's Deborah James in tears amid near-fatal hospital dash
Deborah James, 40, bravely returned to her podcast You, Me and the Big C today and explained she suffered a haemorrhage last month.The podcast host was told she would have died if her family had waited for an ambulance, while her doctor stayed on the phone with her begging her to “stay awake” as she fought for her life on her way to the hospital.Deborah was diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer in December 2016 and over five years later, she has continued to be a passionate advocate and patron of Bowel Cancer UK.The mother-of-two presents BBC Radio 5 Live's podcast You, Me and the Big C and is also a newspaper columnist.On January 6, her medical condition took a turn for the worse and she was rushed to hospital, where she spent weeks not knowing if she would ever get to come out again.She was eventually released from critical care on January 23, after which she decided to record some voice notes of her experience in order to “navigate her trauma”.Deborah has since shared that her family were told she “may not survive the night” and got choked up as she remembered the events leading up to her hospitalisation.“I started hemorrhaging,” she explained. “I vomited a litre and a half of blood and within 30 seconds I knew I needed to get to the hospital, quick.”As soon as her symptoms started, Deborah rang her husband, who began to run home.However, the columnist knew that she didn’t have much time, so she made the decision to call 999 herself, at which point her daughter walked in.“She came up and found me basically with blood everywhere,” Deborah remembered.
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