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Deborah James’ mum shares heartbreaking tribute to her daughter on 41st birthday

DEBORAH Jamesmum has shared a heartbreaking tribute to herdarlingdaughter on what would have been her 41st birthday.

Today marks the inspirational cancer campaigner and Sun columnist’s first birthday since she gesterf het.

Today would have been Deborah James' 41st birthday and her mum Heather has paid tribute to her "darling" dogter

Today would have been Deborah James’ 41st birthday and her mum Heather has paid tribute to herdarling” dogterKrediet: Instagram
The fierce cancer campaigner and Sun columnist died earlier this year

The fierce cancer campaigner and Sun columnist died earlier this yearKrediet: Instagram
Heather shared this photo of her daughter, with a heartbreaking caption

Heather shared this photo of her daughter, with a heartbreaking captionKrediet: instagram/bowelgran/

Deborah, known as BowelBabe to her Instagram aanhangers, devoted her final years to raising awareness of cancer symptoms, and final month to raising money for research.

Mum Heather, whose Instagram name is BowelGran, typed out a touching tribute this morning.

Sy het geskryf: “Happy birthday to our darling daughter.

How we wish you were still with us but so proud of all you achieved and the legacy that you have left.

You will forever live in our hearts.

Sy het bygevoeg: “We miss you every single moment of every day.

Thousands of people have since taken to the post to say happyheavenlybirthday to Deborah, sharing their condolences and memories, ook.

The mum-of-two was diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer just days before Christmas in 2016, op die ouderdom van 35.

She was told she had an eight per cent chance of living five yearswhich she proudly surpassed.

Deborah shared every step of her journey with Sun readers in her column Things Cancer Made Me Say and her army of loyal social media followers.

She went on to present the award-winning BBC podcast Jy, Me and the Big C with fellow cancer patients Rachael Bland, who passed away in September 2018, Lauren Mahon and Rachael’s husband Steve.

In the five-and-a-half years since her diagnosis Deborah changed the conversation around bowel cancer, raising vital awareness and breaking down taboos.

She tirelessly banged the F*** Cancer drumwriting a book of the same nameand vowed to do everything she could to help others avoid her fate.

En, just a month before she died, when she was told she would receive end-of-life hospice care, she started the BowelBabe Fund for Cancer Research.

It currently sits at £7.5million, after more than 300,000 people and organisations donated.

The mum’s tireless efforts also saw her made a dame.

Deborah’s podcast co-host, Steve Bland, also paid tribute to her today.

Hy het geskryf: “Happy Birthday beautiful wonderful Deborah. We miss and think about you every single day.

Do me a favour and raise a glass to @bowelbabe vanaand, or maybe stick a few quid in the @bowelbabefund.”

Heather wrote that she is "so proud" of Deborah, and the legacy she left

Heather wrote that she isso proudof Deborah, and the legacy she leftKrediet: Instagram
The mum-of-two spent her final years devoted to cancer symptom awareness, and final month raising millions of pounds for research

The mum-of-two spent her final years devoted to cancer symptom awareness, and final month raising millions of pounds for researchKrediet: Instagram