Dame Deborah James received a great honor just weeks after her tragic death.
The journalist and podcaster died on June 28 after a six-year battle with colon cancer. She was 40 years old.
The Great Honor of Dame Deborah James
Just weeks after her tragic death, Deborah was honored posthumously.
Alongside the likes of The Queen, Jodie Comer and Emma Raducanu, Deborah was named one of Vogue’s Most Influential Women in 2022.
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Each year, Vogue selects 25 groundbreaking women to add to their list.
This year, the magazine’s editors were “particularly aware of those women who have endured unimaginable ordeal and demonstrated a resilience that empowers us all.”
And among the incredible women in this year’s list was Deborah.
Dame Deborah James in the list of influential women
Not only did Vogue include Deborah in their list, they also wrote a few words about her.
“After being diagnosed with stage three colon cancer at the age of 35, Deborah James – who sadly passed away last month – began documenting her treatment online and on the BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C,” they said .
“Praised for her outspokenness, she not only helped other sufferers with practical advice, but persuaded many more to see their GP,” they continued.
“When James announced her terminal diagnosis in May, she simultaneously set up a fund for Cancer Research UK. Having raised over £7million her unrivaled campaign will continue to impact countless lives.”
Can we clarify something @bowelbabe did not lose her battle with cancer. Her struggle was never with her cancer. Her battle with cancer was getting access to new medicines, fighting to educate people so others didn’t have to go through it. And she undoubtedly won that. 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬 pic.twitter.com/0xLuGCPYI6
— Steve Bland (@blandsteve) July 6, 2022
Deborah’s friend makes a plea
Deborah’s honor on the Vogue list comes just a week after her friend begged her fans.
In an impassioned tweet, Steve Bland, Deborah’s friend and colleague, called for the terminology to change when it comes to Deborah’s death.
“Can we clarify something @bowelbabe did not lose her battle with cancer,” he wrote.
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“Her struggle was never with her cancer. Her battle with cancer was getting access to new medicines, fighting to educate people so others didn’t have to go through it,” he continued.
“And she won that, hands down.”
Many of Deborah’s fans accepted the answers to show their support.
“Well said! A number of cancer patients make the same appeal. @bowelbabe was so right. It implies some sort of failure to lose, which of course is ridiculous. The sooner we can get it out of our language the better!” one fan tweeted.
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