An inspirational doctor who became a consultant, raised almost £150,000 for charity and worked to change taboos surrounding death, despite having terminal cancer, has been awarded an MBE.
Dr Kate Granger, an acting consultant in elderly medicine at Pinderfields Hospital, has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours.
Dr Granger said: “When the letter came and looked all official, I thought I’d been chosen for jury service. I couldn’t believe it.”
At just 29 she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive tumour known as DSRCT in 2011 and she was told the illness was terminal.
It only affects one in two million people and has since spread to other parts of her body.
But since then she has undergone several bouts of chemotherapy she has continued with her medical training, written two books, worked hard to bust taboos around death, campaigned to encourage health workers in hospitals to introduce themselves to patients and raised almost £150,000 for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre at St James Hospital.
Now Dr Granger works as an acting consultant and in March she will become a fully qualified consultant.
She added: “My work is really important to me, it’s what I hope my legacy will be in this world. To be recognised from the top in the country is amazing.”
At the Leeds hospitals Dr Granger masterminded the #hellomynameis twitter campaign to encourage health workers to introduce themselves.
She launched the campaign after a number of staff caring for her didn’t tell them their name before giving her treatment.
It gathered support across the world including from Prime Minster David Cameron.
Dr Granger has also written books and regularly updates a blog about her illness and treatment.