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

DEBORAH James’ mother has shared a heartbreaking tribute to her ‘beloved’ daughter on what would have been her 41st birthday.

Today marks the inspirational cancer activist and columnist for The Sun’s first birthday since her death.

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Today would have been Deborah James’s 41st birthday and her mother, Heather, has paid tribute to her “beloved” daughter.Credit: Instagram
The fierce cancer activist and columnist for The Sun died earlier this year.

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The fierce cancer activist and columnist for The Sun died earlier this year.Credit: Instagram
Heather shared this photo of her daughter, with a heartbreaking caption.

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Heather shared this photo of her daughter, with a heartbreaking caption.Credit: instagram/bowelgran/

Deborah, known as BowelBabe to her Instagram fans, has spent her last years raising awareness of cancer symptoms and her last month raising money for research.

Mom Heather, whose Instagram handle is BowelGran, wrote a touching tribute this morning.

She wrote: “Happy birthday to our dear daughter.

“How we wish you would continue with us but very proud of everything you have achieved and the legacy you have left.

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“You will live forever in our hearts.”

She added: “We miss you every moment of every day.”

Since then, thousands of people have flocked to the post to wish Deborah a “heavenly” happy birthday, also sharing their condolences and memories.

The mother of two was diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer just days before Christmas in 2016, at the age of 35.

He was told that he had an eight percent chance of living five years, which he proudly surpassed.

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

She then presented the award-winning BBC podcast You, 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 has changed the conversation about bowel cancer, raising vital awareness and breaking taboos.

She tirelessly beat the drum for F*** Cancer, writing a book of the same name, and vowed to do whatever she could to help others avoid their fate.

And, just a month before she died, when she was told she would be receiving hospice care at the end of her life, she started the BowelBabe Fund for Cancer Research.

It currently stands at £7.5m, after more than 300,000 people and organizations donated.

The tireless efforts of the mother also made her a lady.

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

He wrote: “Happy birthday beautiful and wonderful Deborah. We miss you and think of you every day.

“Do me a favor and raise a glass to @bowelbabe tonight, or maybe put a few pounds into the @bowelbabefund.”

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

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Heather wrote that she is “so proud” of Deborah and the legacy she left behind.Credit: Instagram
The mother-of-two spent her final years dedicated to raising awareness of cancer symptoms and last month raised millions of pounds for research.

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The mother-of-two spent her final years dedicated to raising awareness of cancer symptoms and last month raised millions of pounds for research.Credit: Instagram

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