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PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Brave Deborah James is showing that we can have a ‘good death’ 

As Deborah James faces death with impressive courage, she says she wants “one last hug” with her husband and two young children.

The former deputy director who is suffering from terminal bowel cancer says she hopes to “sneak away listening to my family, listening to their jokes and the normal hum of life.”

The magnificent attitude of the 40-year-old woman expresses what most of us must feel: that the best way to end life is to be surrounded by those who love us most.

Deborah’s philosophy is an inspiration in this age where the frail or the dying are too often sent to soulless institutions at the end of their lives.

His story from diagnosis to now receiving hospice care at home reminds me of what happened to my brother Michael.

Deborah James, the former deputy director who suffers from terminal bowel cancer, faces death with impressive courage

Deborah James, the former deputy director who suffers from terminal bowel cancer, faces death with impressive courage

He died at the age of 40, with his loving wife insisting that she should care for him at home surrounded by their two young children.

I will always be deeply grateful to him for showing so much courage and strength. Thanks to his kindness, I was able to see my older brother the night before he died.

He was lying in his own bed in his own house. That big Aussie thug took my hand when we said our goodbyes.

She told me that despite being a persistently difficult sister, she had always loved me. Her last words to me were: ‘See ya, Mandy.’

By my faith, I believe we will meet again.

As I think Deborah will be reunited with her family one day. In the meantime, she will always be watching over them, as Michael still visits me when times are tough.

Aside from her unrivaled campaign to raise awareness of bowel cancer, the most important message Deborah gives the world is that there is a good death.

He is not in a hospital, or even a hospice, surrounded by strangers.

When the time comes to leave this mortal body, what we need most is a loving hand, the sounds and smells of our own families.

And hope for the future, as it was given to me in my case last year when my brother’s son had his first child: a beautiful jumping boy, named Michael after his beloved deceased grandfather.

Amanda Platell: 'The magnificent attitude of this 40-year-old woman expresses what most of us must feel: that the best way to end life is to be surrounded by those who love us the most'

Amanda Platell: ‘The magnificent attitude of this 40-year-old woman expresses what most of us must feel: that the best way to end life is to be surrounded by those who love us the most’

O Joy! An exuberant and smiling Queen attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show yesterday, an event she hasn’t missed in over 70 years. Of course, she was pained not to be at the State Opening of Parliament, but she clearly prefers the company of horses to the rearing ponies of Parliament.

WAGATHA CHRISTIE WATCH

Rebekah Vardy’s normal look is bosomy with a predilection for leopard skin designs. But her haute couture on the court has been high-necked, demure Chanel.

Both women have been playing the sympathy card, with Coleen Rooney’s medical boot (to protect an ankle injury) coming out on top. Regardless, if there is a fashion stylist who specializes in High Court Victim Couture, she will make a fortune.

Wayne Rooney has loyally accompanied Ms R to court every day. For once, she can be sure that he isn’t in a Liverpool brothel or an adult detention center in the US But what kind of husband carries his wife’s purse instead of holding her? the hand to support it?

So where was Mrs Vardy’s husband, Jamie, during his ordeal when he told the High Court that he feared losing his baby and was contemplating suicide? It’s just 63 minutes by train from Leicester (home of its Premier League team) to central London.

camilla is not queen

Camilla looked magnificent in a navy wrap dress with silver embroidery at the State Opening of Parliament. For many years, she has not made a false step. However, those who will never forget how she stabbed Princess Diana in the back will always be annoyed at the idea of ​​Queen Camilla.

I met Carrie Johnson for the first time on Thursday. Despite having written unkind things about her, the prime minister’s wife was grace personified.

I had a similar experience when I first met Cherie Blair. Memo to myself: The target is the politician, not her spouse; play the ball, not the woman/man next to her.

I’d be happy to have what Meg has

Meg Ryan will go down in history for her fake orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally. Now the 60-year-old is filming a new romantic comedy that tackles the topic of how women age. It should be titled When Sally Met Menopause. All together now: ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’

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How can the BBC justify a 5.2 per cent pay rise for most of its staff at the same time it has abolished free TV licenses for most over-75s and offered us poor viewers such lousy time slots? ? I counted 11 repeats on BBC2 before 7pm on one day last week and six repeats on BBC1 on another day. Done, Done, Repeat.

Bling drags Emma down

Ever since her thrilling US Open victory, beloved British tennis player Emma Raducanu has been weighed down by expectations and, as I warned, by all the luxury Tiffany jewelry that is part of her myriad endorsement deals.

Sometimes, Emma, ​​diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend.

WESTMINSTER WARS

Union boss Dave Penman has attacked such ‘Orwellian’ attempts to rid the country of the pandemic disease of civil servants working from home. He has even absurdly suggested that they should be allowed to work from abroad if they wish. No wonder all those with no choice over where to work, such as bus drivers and supermarket stackers, applaud plans to cut 91,000 civil servant jobs.

How strange that Michael Gove imitated Harry Enfield’s “calm down, calm down” Scouser catchphrase when interviewed about the cost of living crisis. It’s not a good image to make fun of the poor when you live in a £25 million taxpayer-funded estate.

Boris Johnson tells the Mail that working from home makes people fat. From personal experience, he speaks of the dangers of frequent raids on the fridge for another piece of cheese. I wonder what his favorite is. Shropshire Blue? Stinky Bishop?

Don’t play with mom’s recipe.

The winner of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bake Off was Jemma Melvin’s Lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle. He looks delicious and wowed judges Mary Berry and Monica Galetti. But I bet it’s not a patch on my mom’s recipe: supermarket swiss rolls, canned peaches, custard, and a gallon of sherry.

Just a year into their relationship (which got off to a rocky start), Adele bought a £47million house in Beverly Hills for her and her boyfriend. I hope the financially savvy singer hasn’t put the glitz-loving sports agent on the title deeds, since, to quote her own hit song, I fear she may end up wallowing in the deep end.

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