A doctor who has continued working despite having terminal cancer has achieved her life-long dream of becoming a consultant.
Dr Kate Granger will take up her new post as acting consultant in elderly medicine at Pinderfields Hospital.
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, of East Ardsley, 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, when she was told the illness was terminal.
She has undergone several bouts of chemotherapy, but continued with her medical training, working at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Now Dr Granger will become an acting consultant when she returns to her previous workplace Pinderfields. And in March she will become a fully-fledged consultant.
She said: “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.
“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.”
At the Leeds hospitals Dr Granger masterminded the #hellomynameis campaign to encourage health workers to introduce themselves.
The campaign was taken up around the work and supported by figures including the Prime Minster.
She has also written two books and raised more than £100,000 for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre in Leeds.