Mother-of-two Rachelle Gebert might be only 37-years-old but she’s in the fight of her life.
Mrs Gebert, of Victoria, was diagnosed with metastatic cancer in August 2016 and despite undergoing extreme treatments to keep her cancer stable, she is determined to stay positive.
‘I don’t let myself think too far into the future either because I don’t know whether I’ll be here or not,’ she told FEMAIL.
‘I do notice that I am more appreciative of the simple things in life and focusing on the here and now.’
Mrs Gebert (pictured) with her family – husband Daminen – and their children Percy and Morgan told FEMAIL she was ‘devastated’ after being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer
Mrs Gebert, who has two sons, Percy, 6, and Morgan, 3, was immediately put into menopause after her diagnosis.
‘I felt as though it wasn’t fair that it had spread so quickly and there was no hope of getting rid of it. I initially thought that I would have five years to live, at most,’ she told FEMAIL.
Mrs Gebert is now on a clinical trial because of a genetic mutation she has called BRCA2.
Rachelle (right) with her sister, Corinne (left), who will undergo a preventative double mastectomy like Angelina Jolie
‘I inherited the BRCA2 mutation from my father who had not be affected by cancer,’ she explained.
The BRCA gene, which Angelina Jolie also has, increases a woman’s risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer.
‘My sister [Corinne] is about to go in for her preventative double mastectomy and it gives me hope to know she won’t have to go through what I am.’
The 37-year-old is now warning all women to be proactive about their health.
‘Don’t just think about your breast health but actually follow through with it like monthly self-checks – get to know your own breasts.
‘If you know your own breasts then you will know when something is different.
Mrs Gebert said women should ask if they have dense breasts so they can look for better screening options
‘If you do undergo mammograms, don’t wait for them to tell you about your breast density – ask them if you have dense breasts, that way you can investigate alternative screening options that are more likely to detect breast cancer in dense breasts like 3D mammogram, ultrasound or MRI,’ she adds.
‘Everyone is at risk and we all need to be proactive about our breast and ovarian health.’
Although she unsure of the time she has left, Mrs Gebert said her greatest fear was leaving her children and husband, Damian.
Mrs Gebert is now a participate in a clinical trial but she said her biggest fear is not seeing her two sons grow up
‘Not being alive to see my children grow into adults and witnessing all the milestones that go along with that.
‘I don’t even know how to tell them yet,’ she said.
‘They are very young and I don’t want them to worry about me… I hope that as they grow up they will be well informed.’
To find out your personal risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer, visit Pink Hope and take their Know Your Risk questionnaire.