Long-serving nurse says helping patients a ‘privilege’
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
Friday, March 6, 7.309.30am
$60 at www. trybooking.com/GVHV
Sherryl Potts is WA’s first McGrath Foundation breast care nurse.
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