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Kate and William pay deeply emotional tribute to Deborah James 'Captured heart of nation'

NewsKate and William pay deeply emotional tribute to Deborah James 'Captured heart of nation'

Writing on their joint Twitter account, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrote: “Every now and then, someone captures the heart of the nation with their zest for life & tenacious desire to give back to society.

“@bowelbabe is one of those special people.

“Her tireless efforts to raise awareness of bowel cancer & end the stigma of treatment are inspiring. (1/2)

“We are so sad to hear her recent update but pleased to support the @bowelbabe, which will benefit the @royalmarsdenNHS among others.

“Deborah, our thoughts are with you, your family and your friends.

“Thank you for giving hope to so many who are living with cancer. W & C”

This comes after Ms James announced that she is receiving end-of-life care at home.

Writing on Twitter, the campaigner wrote: “The tweet I never wanted to write.

“The time has come to say goodbye. 5 years to prepare, doesn’t make it any easy.

“I’m under hospice at home care, & I’m spending my time surrounded by my family.”

The mother of two, who is known as @bowelbabe on social media, was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer at the age of 35.

She has almost 500,000 followers on Instagram and co-hosts an award-winning podcast about living with cancer, called “You, Me & the Big C”.

As well as raising huge amounts of money for bowel cancer charities, Ms James has also written a book, called F*** You Cancer: How to Face the Big C, Live Your Life and Still Be Yourself.

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