Deborah James

How to Live When You Could Be Dead
  • How to Live When You Could Be Dead

  • "I'm alive when I should be dead. In another movie, I missed the sliding door and departed this wondrous life long ago. Like so many others, I've had to learn to live not knowing if I have tomorrow, because, statistically, I don't. At the age of 35, I was blindsided by incurable bowel cancer - I was given less than an 8% chance of surviving five years. Four years later, my only option is to live in the now and to value one day at a time."

    So how do you flip your mind from a negative spiral into realistic hope? How do you stop focusing on the why and realise that why not me is just as valid a pathway? How we learn to respond to any given situation empowers us or destroys us. We have the ability in our mind to dictate the outcome - bad or good - and with the right skills and approach, we can be the master of it.

    How to live when you could be dead will show you how. It will awaken you to question your life as if you didn't have tomorrow and live it in the way you want to today. It will show you how to build a growth mindset and through this invite you to think about what you could do if you believed you could change and do anything you want.

    Yes, really, we can turn shit into gold.

Deborah James worked in education for 15 years as a deputy head teacher, where she led national research into growth mindsets in schools. At the age of 35, life with her young children and husband was thrown upside down when she was diagnosed with stage 4, incurable bowel cancer. Ten operations and 24 rounds of chemotherapy later, she is still alive, still undergoing treatment and campaigning with national UK cancer charities. Rather than disappear into a cancer cave she started a blog, 'bowel babe', which became the award-winning, weekly column in the Sun online, Things Cancer Made Me Say. She also presents the chart-topping podcasts 'You, Me & the Big C' for BBC's Radio 5 Live and 'The Good Stuff', which she hosts with her children. Follow Deborah on Instagram @bowelbabe.

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