Dame podcaster Deborah James reflected on the most breathtaking five days of her life after being named Dame. The inspirational 40-year-old, known online as Bowel Babe, has been honored for her “tireless campaign” to raise awareness for bowel cancer.
Prince William came for afternoon tea at his family home as he rewarded the cancer campaigner for her femininity. Dame Deborah has raised millions for Cancer Research UK through her Bowelbabe fund on Just Giving.
Having set her initial target at £250,000, she has now posted an update on the fund following her special day with Prince William on Friday May 14. She told fans the fund now stands at £5.7million.
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“I believe I may have had the most surreal, mind-blowing and humbling 5 days of my life,” she wrote on her Instagram. “I can’t thank you enough for your generosity at the launch of the @bowelbabefund which now stands at £5.7m, and @dukeandduchessofcambridge for going above and beyond to create a very special memory yesterday . »
Sharing her joy at becoming a Lady, she wrote, “I really can’t believe I really am a Lady! My family is amazing and as emotional as it all is, we find so many reasons to smile in the sadness. »
The presenter of the popular BBC podcast You, Me And The Big C revealed on Monday that she had switched to palliative home care to treat her terminal bowel cancer. Dame Deborah, a former director, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and kept her followers up to date on her treatments.
She said: “I may get weaker and more tired every time I get tired after pouring pure adrenaline, but my word, I always said I wanted to slide sideways when my time had passed, with a big smile, no regrets and a large glass of champagne! Always my intention!!! And she added, “#live #life #dance #cancer #bowelcancer @thesun #princewilliam. »
She wrote of her royal visit: “Prince William came to our family home today!! I am very honored that he joined us for afternoon tea and champagne, where he not only spent a lot of time talking to all my family, but also honored me with my femininity.
“It’s quite surreal to have a royal pop at home, and yes, you can imagine the antics of cleaning up and preparation went over the scale – but it was all irrelevant because William was so kind and he made us all feel comfortable.
“He is clearly passionate about improving oncology outcomes as Chairman of Royal Marsden. It was such a special day for my whole family, creating memories that will last a lifetime. He is welcome at any time! »
On Thursday night, Number 10 confirmed James was to become a lady, saying: “The Queen was delighted to approve that the honor of womanhood be bestowed on Deborah James. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “If ever an honor was richly deserved, this is it. Deborah was an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage was a source of strength for so many. »
He continued: “Through her tireless campaigning and sharing her experience so openly, she has not only helped in our fight against this terrible disease, she has ensured that countless other people with Big C will not don’t feel alone.
“I hope this recognition from Her Majesty – supported, I am sure, by the whole country – will bring some comfort to Deborah and her family in these difficult times. My thoughts are with them and Deborah should know that she has the love and gratitude of the country. ”
The ladies are usually presented by members of the royal family, including William, at investiture ceremonies that take place at royal palaces, including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.