This week is Dying Matters Awareness Week and to mark it Doctor and writer Kate Granger gave the second ever Dying Matters Annual Lecture to mark the beginning of Dying Matters Awareness week, which runs from 12-18 May.
Kate, a Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine, has incurable cancer. After five gruelling rounds of chemotherapy following her diagnosis with a rare and aggressive form of sarcoma in July 2011, she made the decision to stop receiving treatment and concentrate on enjoying a good quality of life.
Since then, Kate has written two books, and blogs and tweets extensively about living with cancer and, in particular, her experiences as a patient. She has also launched the “hello my name is” campaign after becoming frustrated by the number of medical staff who failed to introduce themselves to her when she was receiving treatment.
The lecture ‘You Only Die Once: Kate Granger’s story’ took place at the Royal College of Physicians in London. As part of the event, Dying Matters commissioned a film of Kate and her husband, Chris.
We’ve been following Kate on Twitter and she’s now following this blog through Twitter too. We recently sent Kate a copy of Every Step of the Way. A feature of a number of the stories in the book detail how some health professionals were impersonal and lacked empathy. Kate’s message about communication is key so we’re supporting her “ hello my name is” campaign and we hope you will too.