Deborah James

How to Live When You Should Be Dead
  • How to Live When You Should 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 should 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 was a deputy head teacher leading national research teams into growth mindsets in schools. Then, in 2016, at the age of 35, she was diagnosed with bowel cancer and her life with her young children and husband was thrown upside down. She’s had 4 major operations including bowel and lung resections and multiple rounds of chemo – and is still undergoing treatment at the Royal Marsden. Rather than disappear into a cancer cave she started a blog, ‘bowel babe’ to debunk the myth that young women don't get bowel cancer and writes a weekly column for the Sun online, Things Cancer Made Me Say. She campaigns alongside major UK cancer charities, writes and presents the popular podcast ‘You, Me & the Big C’ for BBC’s Radio 5 Live, and has a built up a strong following on Instagram @bowelbabe.