Long-serv­ing nurse says help­ing pa­tients a ‘priv­i­lege’

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

IT was the priv­i­lege of help­ing oth­ers that WA’s first McGrath Foun­da­tion breast care nurse loved most about her job.

Sher­ryl Potts has worked across all as­pects of nurs­ing in metropoli­tan and re­gional Australia, as well as over­seas but it was her time at the McGrath Foun­da­tion, for­merly the Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion, that was the high­light.

“It was prob­a­bly the most chal­leng­ing and re­ward­ing job I’ve had,” she said.

“I think it was just the sense of priv­i­lege, to be able to sup­port them (pa­tients), to be close to them and to help them through what is re­ally a maze when they’re first di­ag­nosed.

“You be­come quite in­ti­mate with their fam­i­lies as well, you share their con­cerns, you help them through the process as well be­cause I be­lieve that as dif­fi­cult and as painful as the ex­pe­ri­ence of breast can­cer is, it is unique to ev­ery per­son who ex­pe­ri­ences it and sim­i­larly to their fam­ily mem­bers as well.”

Next month, the mother and grand­mother from Gidge­gan­nup will speak at the In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day Break­fast at Frasers State Re­cep­tion Cen­tre.

Mrs Potts said she hoped to use the op­por­tu­nity to do what she loved.

“The im­por­tant thing for me is that peo­ple un­der­stand that any­one can be af­fected,” she said.

“We all think, it will never hap­pen to me, when the re­al­ity of it is one in eight woman will be af­fected.

“If you have to be di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer, you couldn’t be in a bet­ter place be­cause the sur­vival rates for peo­ple in Australia are at least as good as any­where else in the world.

In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day Gourmet Break­fast with Ros Wor­thing­ton and Ni­cola Forrest

Fraser’s State Re­cep­tion

Cen­tre

Fri­day, March 6, 7.309.30am

$60 at www. try­book­ing.com/GVHV

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Sher­ryl Potts is WA’s first McGrath Foun­da­tion breast care nurse.

Fun­tas­tico restau­rant on Rokeby Road closed last week.

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