A doctor who has continued working despite having terminal cancer has achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a consultant.
Dr Kate Granger will take up her new post as acting consultant in elderly medicine next week.
She has achieved the milestone despite living with gruelling treatment and pain due to her rare cancer, as well as running fundraising efforts and launching a hugely successful campaign to improve care.
Dr Granger said: “It’s the culmination of 15 years hard work.
“If you went back three years to when I was first at my poorliest, I never thought I would get here. It’s amazing really. It’s all I’ve ever wanted professionally.”
Dr Granger was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2011, aged just 29, and was later told her illness was terminal.
She has undergone several bouts of chemotherapy, but has continued with her medical training throughout, working at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Now Dr Granger, from East Ardsley, is to become an acting consultant when she returns to one of her previous workplaces, Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.
Next March she will become a fully-fledged consultant: “For however long I get to do it, I want to be able to do it. It’s a big tick off the bucket list,” she said.
“It’s been quite hard to keep going with my training, especially with everything else that’s been happening.
“I am quite a determined character and I just wanted to get there. I am so looking forward to it and I’ve got so many ideas.”
The 32-year-old said she hoped she’d left her legacy at Leeds hospitals, where she masterminded the #hellomynameis campaign to encourage health workers to introduce themselves. The drive was not only taken up in Leeds but also all over the world, supported by figures like the Prime Minister.
Dr Granger has also written two books, raising over £100,000 for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre in Leeds.