Dame Deborah James has said she is “gutted” she won’t live to see her second book published in a poignant Instagram post.
The 40 year old man cancer activistknown online as Bowel Babe, has raised over £6million through her internet fundraising for cancer charities.
She revealed on Tuesday evening that she had written book number two, titled How to Live When You Might Be Dead.
In the post’s caption, the podcaster expressed her regret that she was not alive at the time of the book’s release, despite its release date being pushed forward.
It comes after the You, Me And The Big C host revealed last week that she had moved into hospice care with her family after battling stage four bowel cancer since 2016.
“I’ve written another book!! So I have a few things to share with you before I die that I’m disgusted that I won’t see in real life! But I have now been granted permission to share them and I ‘ I’m really excited!” she wrote.
“For 2 years I have been working on my second book How To Live When You Might Be Dead – oh the irony of the title! I wanted to share all my (hard earned!!) learning on how to have a positive mindset when we face life’s greatest challenges.
“While it is in its final edits, as everyone in publishing knows, suddenly changing a book’s publication dates (regardless of health!) is no easy task. initially releasing in January 2023!!!
“All things considered, Penguin has managed to get it up for pre-order and aims to release it on August 18! It’s still a long time after I fly high, but hopefully a little less for you to wait.”
Dame Deborah’s first book, F*** You Cancer: How To Face The Big C, Live Your Life And Still Be Yourself, was published in 2018.
She also explained that £3 from every book sold will go to her Bowelbabe fund for Cancer Research UK.
Some well-known names in the entertainment world commented with messages of support below the post.
ITV host Lorraine Kelly wrote: ‘Order ASAP – so proud of you’, while TV presenter Gaby Roslin commented: ‘Pre-order now darling Deborah.’
Dame Deborah’s podcast co-host Lauren Mahon, who also had cancer, wrote: “Just ordered! Beyond proud! You’re just an amazing friend”.
The former deputy director was named a dame on Friday, after the Duke of Cambridge visited him to his parents’ home in Woking, Surrey, to personally present the honour.
She said she was ‘utterly honoured’ that Prince William had joined her family for afternoon tea, but admitted ‘the antics cleanup and preparation got out of hand’ as she was preparing for the royal visit.
Prince William and Kate had previously donated to her fund and thanked the activist for her “tireless efforts”.