Conversation between husband and wife, Chris and Kate, about Kate's cancer diagnosis, her treatment and how they plan to deal with her death.
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Kate and Chris' home
Granger, Kate, 1977- (female, doctor), Pointon, Chris, 1977- (male, supply chain manager)
BBC Radio Leeds
Kate Granger has just celebrated her 32nd birthday but it’s a day she wasn’t sure she’d ever see. At the age of 29 she was diagnosed with a rare cancer and she has lived with her terminal condition ever since. Her first round of chemotherapy, or “poisoning” as she called it, made her so ill she decided to stop her treatment part way through and get on with living her life. She returned to work as a doctor at Pinderfields hospital and for the past 18 months has, she says, lived a pretty normal life with her husband Chris. They travelled and ticked off lots of “bucket wish” events including a ride on the Orient Express, renewing their wedding vows and going on a second honeymoon. However the cancer has come back and without treatment she has been told she might not live till Christmas so she’s about to embark on a new round of chemotherapy. Kate and her husband Chris discuss her diagnosis, treatment and how they plan to deal with her death.
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