Rachael is battling cancer at this very moment.
In 2010, she found out she had breast cancer, and since then, she’s been fighting—and winning—against the insidious disease. Rachael is still undertaking treatment every four weeks, but “is doing good”.
“I try not to think about it, which is hard.”
“But I think if you stopped and thought about it, you would probably crack.”
Rachael had just had her first baby—a boy—when she was diagnosed; so there wasn’t much time to worry about her condition.
Now, she has three boys, is a lecturer in nursing, public health and science at the Batemans Bay campus of the University of Wollongong, and works in emergency at Batemans Bay Hospital.
Before cancer, Rachael enjoyed quite an active life; particularly cycling and ballet: any form of dancing. But she hasn’t danced in a long time: only watched.
Rachael was initially hesitant to join the Stars of Eurobodalla, but thought: Oh well, what the heck? She was particularly spurred on by the fact that her friend, Karen Winter, is also one of our Stars of Eurobodalla.
“I thought it would be fun. I’d like to raise money for a great cause that helps me along the way.”
“I just thought it was a fresh idea to try and raise money.”
“I thought it would also be something fun for people I know to support me.”
Rachael admits she’s pretty nervous—and she hopes she doesn’t somehow injure herself and end up in the emergency room, and that her dancing ability will come back through. She’s open to trying anything, with a good old-fashioned “surprise me” attitude.
“[I’ll] hopefully be having some fun while raising money for the Cancer Council.”
“That’s what it’s really about.”
“It’s a cause I feel strongly about supporting.”