Inspirational Dr Kate Granger is Yorkshire Woman of Achievement

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An inspirational young doctor who is refusing to let her terminal cancer stop her living her last months to the full, has been named as Yorkshire Woman of Achievement.

Dr Kate Granger, a registrar in elderly medicine at Pinderfields Hospital, was presented with the honour in front of 600 guests at the Royal Armouries, in Leeds, last Friday after also collecting the Woman of Courage award.

The 31-year-old has a rare form of cancer and wants to help others understand the process of death.

She has published two books revealing how it feels to go from doctor to patient, and how it feels to be terminally ill.

And she will tweet her experiences of dying as she approaches it with good spirit.

Dr Granger said: “I am very honoured and humbled to have won. There were loads of amazing women in the room and I am not sure why they picked me.

“I hope that by me sharing my story it helps other people to come to terms with their experiences and outlook on life.

“I am very well at the moment and seem to be defying the odds.”

Dr Granger has desmoplastic small round cell tumour, or DSRCT, which affects only one in two million people. The average survival is 14 months.

She is also fundraising for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre at St James’s Hospital, in Leeds, and has already raised more than £63,000 with help from her husband Chris.

Wakefield and Sharlston parish councillor June Cliffe had been short-listed for the Woman of Achievement in Education category.

And Jo Haigh, a senior partner at FDS Group, based on Westgate, was nominated for the Woman of Achievement in Business award.