During the Christmas of 2015, Rachelle’s father informed her and her siblings that he had tested positive to the BRCA2 mutation that had been discovered within his family. Soon after receiving the news, Rachelle was prepared to also undergo the genetic testing as she was already participating in “high risk” screening consisting of yearly breast MRIs, mammograms and ultrasounds.
In March 2016, Rachelle discovered that she had inherited the same BRCA2 mutation from her father and shortly thereafter, so had her younger sister, Corinne. Rachelle and Corinne were ready to face, head-on, the probability that they would both undergo preventative surgeries to prevent their risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
Five months after being given her BRCA2 diagnosis and almost 12 months since receiving the “all clear” from her previous breast MRI, Rachelle was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer – this was her first diagnosis of cancer. The breast cancer had already spread from her right breast and axillary lymph nodes into the bones in her spine, pelvis and ribs. Unfortunately, for Rachelle, breast surgery was no longer an option to prevent or even get rid of the cancer.
Rachelle is currently participating in a clinical trial and receiving treatment that is working with her BRCA mutation to help keep her breast cancer stable. Along with Pink Hope, Rachelle is doing everything she can to help support her sister, Corinne, while she prepares for her preventative bilateral mastectomy.
A Message from Rachelle
“I feel so grateful to have been selected as one of the faces of the Bright Pink Lipstick Day campaign for 2017 and ultimately Pink Hope’s Member of the Month. Being involved has helped me to share my story, not only with my own community but on a larger scale. Sharing my story has given me the drive and ignited a passion to be a champion for the cause and to find enjoyment from the very negative situation of living with breast cancer. My sister and I want to help Pink Hope as much as they, and the amazing women within the community, have helped us. Thank you, Pink Hope.”