Book recognises care
IPSWICH Hospital nurse Karen Miles is there for women when they need her most.
The McGrath breast care nurse's infectious smile and reassuring nature have helped hundreds of women through their breast cancer treatment and beyond.
"I see patients from diagnoses to surgery to treatment," Ms Miles said.
"It's a special relationship you form with patients and I'm here for life."
Ms Miles is one of 14 breast care nurses from around the nation chosen to feature in the new book Take My Hand which celebrates 10 years of the McGrath Foundation.
Ms Miles, originally from the UK, said she was honoured to be featured in the book.
"They asked me to identify two patients that stood out to me.
"One was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and was given three months to live in 2011 and she's still here. The other was a daughter of a member of staff who thought treatment would be simple, like removing a mole."
Ms Miles has been nursing for years and became an accredited breast care nurse in 2001.
"Many people have commented that my job must be depressing. I tell them it is the opposite," she said.
"I see women at their lowest point and help guide them through their experience and come out the other end often stronger than what they were before.
"I am fortunate and humbled to be part of that experience. I love my job."