A district nurse from Bolton who went back to work just months after suffering a brain tumour is celebrating after being made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Kathleen Cheetham is a district auxiliary nurse at the Alastair Ross Health Centre, and receives the honour for services to healthcare.
She has served the NHS for 29 years, initially as an auxiliary nurse in a terminal and geriatric unit for seven years on nights, and then for the past 22 years in community health.
She became seriously ill in 1989 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, and underwent nine hours of surgery at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Although the recovery period is often slow due to the complex nature of the operation, she fought her way back to health and returned to work after only seven months.
The 60-year-old has also achieved an NVQ in nursing, and now uses her experiences to empathise with other patients going through the same process.
She also finds time to help the Bolton Little Theatre, Bolton Catholic Musical Society and the New Rosemere Operatic Society.
Mrs Cheetham said: "I was quite taken aback to have found out I had received this award.
"I have only done what I thought was part of the job. But after my operation I wanted to prove to myself that I could continue doing what I did. It was important to me."
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