Lauren Mahon’s tribute to Deborah James after British Podcast Awards

Lauren Mahon admits she’s in a ‘very unique situation’ as the only surviving host of the You, Me and the Big C podcast after Deborah James’ death but says it’s the ‘reality of cancer’

  • Lauren Mahon paid tribute to Dame Deborah James on Good Morning Britain
  • After they were honoured at the British Podcast Awards for their podcast 
  • Dame Deborah, 40, died last month after receiving bowel cancer diagnoses 
  • Host Racheal died in September after being diagnosed with breast cancer
  • The only surviving original host said ‘it’s a very unique situation to be in’

Cancer campaigner Lauren Mahon paid tribute to Dame Deborah James on Good Morning Britain after she was honoured at the British Podcast Awards for her work on You, Me and the Big C.

Lauren Mahon, 37, spoke to Charlotte Hawkins and Ed Balls on Monday’s Good Morning Britain to explain the importance of the podcast, which she started the in 2018 with fellow cancer patients Deborah and Rachael Bland.

Rachael died in September that year at the age of 40, two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, while Dame Deborah, 40, died late last month after receiving end of life care for bowel cancer. 

Racheal died in September that year at the age of 40, two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, while Dame Deborah, 40, died late last month (L-R Lauren, Deborah and Rachael)

Racheal died in September that year at the age of 40, two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, while Dame Deborah, 40, died late last month (L-R Lauren, Deborah and Rachael)

The only surviving original host said ‘it’s a very unique situation to be in’ to not have her two co-hosts because they died of the subject matter of the podcast.’

‘But that is why it’s so important that we do what we do. This is the reality of cancer and Deb, Rach and I always talked about the good the bad and the ugly, and this is one of the bad and ugly parts of it.’ 

She continued: ‘It’s heartbreaking, I am navigating this rare thing that I don’t think I could turn to many other people for guidance on this.’ 

‘But the overriding sense of pride, of what we have created and the impact the podcast has had, I think we were just so overwhelmed, we would of never expected it when we walked in that studio.’ 

Lauren Mahon, 37, spoke to Charlotte Hawkins and Ed Balls on Monday's Good Morning Britain to explain the importance of the podcast You, Me and the Big C

Lauren Mahon, 37, spoke to Charlotte Hawkins and Ed Balls on Monday’s Good Morning Britain to explain the importance of the podcast You, Me and the Big C

The only surviving original host Lauren said 'it's a very unique situation to be in' to not have her two co-hosts because they died (L-R Rachael, Lauren and Deborah)

The only surviving original host Lauren said ‘it’s a very unique situation to be in’ to not have her two co-hosts because they died (L-R Rachael, Lauren and Deborah)

In their popular podcast the trio candidly discussed life with cancer, treatment and other topics relating to cancer.   

Dame Deborah, who was a mother-of-two, became known as Bowelbabe, after her social media handle, and raised £7million for charity before she died. 

She passed away at home aged 40 following her bowel cancer diagnosis in 2016.  

Charlotte spoke about the impact the podcast had on people and how Deborah was able to remove some ‘stigma around bowel cancer.’ 

Lauren agreed saying: ‘She was someone who was really passionate, first about raising awareness and saving lives, which she done in droves but maybe millions.

‘But it was also about showing that, I may have cancer but I am sexy and I am vibrant and I am still living life.’

Dame Deborah, who was a mother-of-two, became known as Bowelbabe, after her social media handle, and raised £7million for charity before she died

Dame Deborah, who was a mother-of-two, became known as Bowelbabe, after her social media handle, and raised £7million for charity before she died

Lauren collected their award at the British Podcast Awards at London's Kennington Park on Saturday

Lauren collected their award at the British Podcast Awards at London’s Kennington Park on Saturday

She went on to say that Deborah lived such a full life in only 40 years and she made ‘such an impact on this planet.’ 

She said: ‘What a legacy to leave and we couldn’t be prouder of our girl.’ 

The host Ed went on to ask how Lauren is doing on her cancer journey to which she replied ‘I am doing OK.’

She continued: ‘I have got my annual MRI coming up next month and it will be my 5th MRI. I was told when I got diagnosed that the 5th scan is the remission scan.’    

The impact of the honest and inspiring podcast, and the work of its presenters and behind the scenes team, was acknowledged at the British Podcast Awards at London’s Kennington Park on Saturday.

In the acceptance speech Lauren said: ‘Me and Deb had a little joke when Rachael died that I couldn’t just do the podcast by myself because I couldn’t call it Me, Me and the Big C.

Lauren said Deborah was someone who was 'really passionate' about raising awareness and saving lives

Lauren said Deborah was someone who was ‘really passionate’ about raising awareness and saving lives 

‘The podcast is our happy place. It’s a bit surreal to be standing here without both my girls. We knew this was a risk, that some of us would die when we started it, but we wanted to continue to champion it.   

‘There is more work to be done. I don’t know what it looks like, but the podcast has always been a service.

‘Last time we won at these awards, we dedicated the award to Rachael. I’m so proud to say that this is for Dame Deborah F*****g James!’

The ceremony was hosted comedians Elis James and John Robins, with many notable names in the world of podcasting, including Pandora Sykes, Jamie Laing & Sophie Haboo, Sabrina Elba and Jon Sopel, presenting the awards.

Cancer campaigner Deborah passed away at home aged 40 following her bowel cancer diagnosis in 2016

Cancer campaigner Deborah passed away at home aged 40 following her bowel cancer diagnosis in 2016

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