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Dramatic selfie reveals brave seven-year battle against cancer

Kathryn Cartwright Photo: BPM Media

23-year-old Kathryn Cartwright from Sutton Coldfield has been stubbornly battling leukaemia for seven years.

In her latest brave move, after falling from her wheelchair, she posted a defiant selfie showing her bruised and battered face. And added a brutal message to 'Cancer' on her cheek in eyeliner - telling the disease what she really thought about it.

"I am not going to let cancer ruin my life. I am sick of it ruining people’s lives, all the stupid side-effects.....It just makes me so angry. "

– Kathryn Cartwright

It was just this week that she marked seven years since she was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukaemia with Monosomy 7 - with a 20% chance of survival.

But in another brave move she termed the day her ‘Cancerversary' and celebrated it with friends and family.

"Why should I be sad for a day that ultimately made my life shorter, but made me such a better person, and has given me such incredible things and people?”

– Kathryn Cartwright

She says she feels more positive about reaching her eighth 'Cancerversary', than her seventh, and is inspired by all the support she receives every day.

To sign up to the bone marrow register visit: See Kathryn’s blog at