By Amy Wiltshire in Forces Network.
Major Mandy Islam is calling for better support for service personnel with life-changing conditions.
A British army major with a rare type of blood cancer hopes to become the fastest disabled woman to drive a powerboat around the Isle of Wight.
Three years ago Major Mandy Islam was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer that affects bone marrow.
“So I got into power boating because of cancer,” Major Islam told Forces News.
Cancer is the biggest killer of British Military personnel each year.
Major Islam is working with the Ministry of Defence to change the way serving personnel with life-changing illnesses are looked after.
Speaking at an event in Wellington Barracks on the issue, she said the military had been very supportive of her throughout the course of her illness:
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