Sisters defy family fear

by limniospropertygroup | 06. May 2015 15:26

Nancy Ferraro

Nancy Ferraro works at our office and was the true inspiration that we joined the Buying Time Campaign.

 She was recently featured in The Sunday Times, read below to find out more about how breast cancer has touched her life.

Surgeries end peril in genes


PERTH sisters Nancy Ferraro and Angela Jurman have been living with breast cancer most of their lives.

The women were just teenagers when their 44-year-old mother died from the disease. One of their aunts succumbed at age 29, while other aunts and a cousin are survivors.

It’s no wonder with their family history they decided to undergo genetic testing for the BRCA gene, which greatly in- creases the risk of developing breast cancer.

Tests confirmed their fears – they had both inherited the BRCA2 gene.

Ms Ferraro, 41, went on the offensive and had a preventive double mastectomy and reconstruction in 2012, while her sister hesitantly held back.

“You don’t care about vanity or what you look like under your clothes, you just want to be around,” she said.

“I don’t see what I’ve done as brave, I see it as I’m s*** scared of getting breast cancer and I’ll do anything to reduce my risk.”

In April last year, Ms Jurman received the dreaded news – she had stage two breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy and a double mastectomy and reconstruction.

The family faced more turmoil when Ms Ferraro decided to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed last December to reduce the risk further.

The sisters, who each have two young daughters, have shared their story with The Sunday Times to spread the message not to fear preventive surgeries that many people still consider too extreme.

Ms Ferraro said she wanted to see her daughters grow up, get married and have children of their own – an opportunity her own parents didn’t have because of cancer.

She said movie star Angelina Jolie had changed public opinion of these preventive measures when she revealed she had her breasts and ovaries removed because she carried the BRCA gene.

Ms Ferraro’s journey inspired her and her husband’s employer Limnios Property Group to back the Buying Time campaign to provide more breast cancer nurses and support services in WA. People are urged to pledge the equivalent of an hour’s pay, with all money split between Breast Cancer Care WA and the McGrath Foundation.

Sunday Times 26.04.15 Buying Time Article[3]

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