Breast cancer nurse says job was a ‘privilege’

Sherryl Potts is guest speaker at a Women’s Day breakfast.
Sherryl Potts is guest speaker at a Women’s Day breakfast.

Over the years, Sherryl Potts has worked across all areas of nursing in metropolitan and regional Australia, as well as overseas.

However, it was her time at the McGrath Foundation, formerly the Breast Cancer Foundation, that was the highlight.

‘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,’ she said.

On Friday, the grandmother from Gidgegannup will speak at the International Women’s Day Breakfast at Fraser’s State Reception Centre.

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

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

‘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.’