Watch Our Auctions Live
Watch Our Auctions Live
27 May 2021

Serena's Story - A Journey with Breast Cancer

It’s an unfortunate fact that many of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. Within Damerell Group, there have been several members of our team who have been through diagnosis and treatment for the disease, which will affect one in nine women in Aotearoa New Zealand over their lifetime.


share

It’s an unfortunate fact that many of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. Within Damerell Group, there have been several members of our team who have been through diagnosis and treatment for the disease, which will affect one in nine women in Aotearoa New Zealand over their lifetime. Some have publicly spoken about their journey, whilst others have chosen to go through their treatment privately, which of course is completely understandable.

Senior Property Manager Serena Fonua is one of the latter, who, until recently, had kept her diagnosis and treatment secret from everyone but her family and a handful of close friends. Serena, however, has now made the decision to talk about her experiences, in order to help bring awareness to a disease that affects so many women in this country, regardless of age or circumstance.

Some of you may have already read her inspiring story this past weekend, published in Stuff, in which she revealed the personal reasons why she kept her diagnosis and subsequent treatment to a small circle of family and friends. For Serena, she says it was her way of dealing with things.

“I just wanted to feel normal. It’s what myself, my husband, and my children needed. People not knowing [about my diagnosis] gave me strength and gave me relief; not being constantly reminded, by explaining how I was feeling, or what I was going through.”

“Once people find out, a lot of the time they assume that you are sicker than you actually are, which can often make you feel worse. If you don’t tell anyone, then no one knows, and so you can feel normal. I didn't want the sympathy, I was so adamant that I was going to beat this.”

When she was feeling unwell, Serena told concerned friends and colleagues that she had the flu, keeping her diagnosis to herself for more than six months; only deciding to tell people once she had had her mastectomy and reconstruction.

Now that her ‘secret’ is out, Serena is hosting her own Pink Ribbon Breakfast. In addition, Damerell Group is also holding a breakfast and has set up a fundraising page this month to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer – with the money raised going to breast cancer education, innovative research, and support for patients and their families throughout their breast cancer journeys.

If you can, please make a donation, no matter how big or small, to our Pink Ribbon page, and feel free to pass on this link to anyone else you think might like to support the cause.

share

Return to blog

More recent posts

16 September 2021

Sense of Place


Growing our city to fit more people doesn’t just mean more buildings, more infrastructure and more transport. Cities should be places where people thrive.

More
2 September 2021

Weathering the storm


Our size and our out-of-the-way location are two reasons this country has so far navigated a safe pathway through Covid, but these factors are now causing a few curve balls to be thrown our…

More
26 August 2021

Buying & Selling During Lockdown – Keep Calm & Carry On


With Auckland currently under Covid-19 Level 4 restrictions, the services and processes that we usually carry out to market our customers’ properties are now in line with our new working env…

More
19 August 2021

Getting into the spirit


Creating essential oils and spirits for your own use has a certain appeal – With a bit of know-how and equipment, most of us can do it.

More
12 August 2021

Once In A Lifetime


A true time capsule, this house is not only an extremely rare and fascinating find, but it also offers its new owners an incredible opportunity to do something quite special.

More
5 August 2021

Living The Dream


Utterly removed from the world around you, yet only 25 minutes from Queen Street, this is a rare opportunity to own a wonderfully considered and immaculately built contemporary home in a tru…

More
29 July 2021

Best in Show


What do Auckland’s best kitchen and best bathroom look like? Read on, as we reveal the two, top award-winning projects from this year’s NKBA Excellence in Design Awards.

More
8 July 2021

Designing a sustainable future


Reducing greenhouse gas emission levels is one way to slow the rate of global warming, and this has big implications for many areas of our economy including the building industry. Vicki Hold…

More

Contact Us

Are you interested in knowing more about one of these articles? Please fill out the form below to get in contact with us.