An accident & cancer survivor

In 1981, Rachel moved to a farm near Owen Sound where she published two cartoon books about horse racing, and won awards for her silk painting. Her horse cartoons adorned a line of t-shirts, cards, memo pads and calendars which were sold in 50 stores.


The day that changed her life

Rachel found that a 5km morning jog helped her focus on her creative work. While jogging on May 6, 1997 she was hit by a car and her whole life changed. Airlifted to London, she spent five days in a coma. Metal rods and pins were put in both legs and arms. In June, she was sent to the rehab centre at the hospital in Owen Sound to continue her long recovery. Through perseverance, a positive attitude, and many months of therapy, Rachel regained her ability to walk, speak, and conduct her life independently.


Cancer Strikes

In 2005 a regular checkup revealed breast cancer. After chemotherapy and surgery, cancer was found in her second breast. Rachel also won this battle and is now cancer free.


A positive outlook

It was during this time that she started doing cartoons about health to help her stay positive, because Rachel believes your attitude is everything in living your life to fullest. Throughout the many challenges in her life, Rachel has never lost her sense of humour or her optimism. She continues to cartoon, produce books and speak to groups about her experiences and the wisdom she has gained.

Contact Rachel to have her share her story with your group