A terminally-ill Wakefield doctor plans to use her good humour to live-tweet her experience of dying.
Dr Kate Granger, a registrar in elderly medicine at Pinderfields Hospital, has vowed to approach death with good spirit and share her experiences with others.
In August 2011, she was diagnosed with desmoplastic small round cell tumour, DSRCT, a rare form of cancer that affects only one in two million people.
The cancer is terminal and on average the survival time is just 14 months.
Dr Granger, 31, believes that positivity and joking with her husband, Chris Pointon, about death has helped her deal with her illness.
In her blog, she explains: “I enjoy a joke as much as the next girl and one way I have of coping with what my future holds is by using my sense of humour.”
She is hoping that tweeting from her death-bed will encourage people to talk about death and help them to understand it.
She tweeted: “My main motivation for sharing my experiences is to open up dialogue about dying. I guess the whole point is - it really is ok to laugh about death and dying.
“I think humour can encourage and facilitate openness. I live my life with a smile on my face and I fully intend to die in good humour too.”
Her Twitter followers have come up with hashtags for her final tweets including #deathbedlive, #goinggoinggone and #onedieseveryminute.
She said: “I’ve never seen anyone tweet about the dying process. I think it will be really educational for doctors and I think it’s beneficial to share the experience.”
Dr Granger is also fundraising for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre at St James’s hopsital in Leeds and has written two books, The Other Side and The Bright Side about living with her illness.
She said: “Me and Chris originally set a £50,000 fundraising target and we’ve just achieved that. Now we’ve set an even bigger target of £100,000.”
To sponsor Dr Granger in her fundriasing visit www.justgiving.com/Kate-Granger