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Learning in caring for others

Read the original story by Derrick Krusche in the Border Mail.

Albury’s Mercy Health Palliative Care Centre has acknowledged Pam McFarland for 10 years’ service as a volunteer.

Ms McFarland did training with Mercy 50 years ago to be a general nurse and, upon retiring from running a childcare centre, wanted to give back.

She told The Border Mail she chose palliative care because of her nursing background.

“I’ve always been with people – young and old – sick and well,” she said.

Ms McFarland found she learned about herself through volunteering.

“I get more than I give,” she said.

“I walk out of here and think how blessed I am.”

But Ms McFarland said, at times, palliative care could be tough going.

“Sometimes it’s hard, but it only strengthens you as a person and a character,” she said. “It’s given me lots of insight into beyond living.”

Ms McFarland reserved special praise for the staff at Mercy. “They’re a brilliant mob of people here working,” she said.

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