Popular Sheffield GP dies following cancer battle

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Tributes have been paid to a Sheffield doctor who has died after losing her brave battle with breast cancer.

Mouli Rylatt, aged 41, who worked as a family GP in Grenoside, fought the disease for more than two years and kept a candid online blog where she documented her experiences.

Her husband, Jim, said she was ‘beautiful, intelligent, loving and vivacious’, adding: “She made a difference to a lot of people’s lives.”

The funeral takes place today at 1.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Walkley.

Mouli started working in Grenoside in 2009, after spells in practices on the Manor, Elm Lane and Firth Park and had to retire more recently because of illness.

She initially graduated in archaeology and ancient history at Birmingham University and spent three years in archaeology in Sheffield where she met Jim, but later switched careers by going to medical school.

Mouli was diagnosed with primary breast cancer in 2011 and secondary a year later.

On her blog, she discussed how she was on chemotherapy constantly since May 2012.

“I remember the shock of being told I had terminal cancer. Walking out of the consultation felt so unreal, it felt like walking through treacle,” she wrote last October.

“Cancer has taken away so much, including my chance to be a mother and give back the care my mother gave me.

“I was a GP and loved my job, but because my only treatment option was chemotherapy, I wasn’t safe to see sick patients.”

She added: “I have had to build a new set of roles for myself in order to repair the loss of self-esteem, loss of body confidence and loss of my vocation.

“Mostly I feel desperately sad about leaving my husband who I love to bits. He is such a wonderful man, yet he will be widowed so young.”

She died on December 19 after being treated at Weston Park Hospital. Donations are being made to the hospital’s cancer charity and Breast Cancer Care, which runs monthly meetings for women with Mouli’s condition.

Mouli wrote: “The monthly meetings are fantastic. I always feel so positive when I leave. Everyone there understands what life is like with secondary breast cancer because we are all in the same boat.”