Shine Bright Little Star.

Their daughter became one of those bright stars at just 7 months of age. My Life of Love and Mackenzie’s Mission is Rachael’s beautiful and heartwarming account of Mackenzie’s life, child loss, and a journey through IVF. Determined that other couples should not go through the same heartbreak, Rachael and Jonathan are now champions for genetic testing.

Shine Bright Little Star.

Their daughter became one of those bright stars at just 7 months of age. My Life of Love and Mackenzie’s Mission is Rachael’s beautiful and heartwarming account of Mackenzie’s life, child loss, and a journey through IVF. Determined that other couples should not go through the same heartbreak, Rachael and Jonathan are now champions for genetic testing.

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We are pregnant!

We are pregnant!

We have news... we are pregnant! Our fourth transfer worked. Whilst we are excited of course we don't feel like we are pregnant. After what happened with Leo we know we won't actually be told if we have a healthy baby we...

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IVF Round Nine

IVF Round Nine

Round nine of IVF... I can't believe we are here. After losing Leo we were in shock. We couldn't possibly have imagined that our genetically tested embryo could come back as being affected by a severe chromosome...

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What I wish I’d known in my twenties

What I wish I’d known in my twenties

What I wish I had known in my twenties... I have seen articles like this before scattered through magazines. Usually the writer expresses the wish that they had been more body confident in their twenties, or happier with...

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Talk about those you have loved and lost

Talk about those you have loved and lost

My friend @LEIGHACAMPBELL shared with me an article she wrote for @MAMAMIAAUS about losing her beautiful Dad recently to brain cancer, but to my surprise I also featured in the article. In it she says that when she first...

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Mackenzie’s Third Birthday

Mackenzie’s Third Birthday

My beautiful sweet child. Today you would be three years old. How has time gone so fast? In my mind you are a kind hearted, strong willed little girl. You have found your feet and are raring to go. You'd have your big blue...

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Dealing with Grief

Dealing with Grief

These days my life is defined by the loss of our children and our fertility journey. Because of this I am often messaged by other women in similar situations asking me how we keep going through the pain. This is a hard...

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MACKENZIE’S MISSION

A national project to study how best to introduce genetic carrier screening. Named after Mackenzie Casella, the bright shining star is lighting the way forward.

MACKENZIE’S MISSION

A national project to study how best to introduce genetic carrier screening. Named after Mackenzie Casella, the bright shining star is lighting the way forward.

“You can’t change what happened to you but your story can change what happens to someone else”

– Tanya Markul

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Mackenzie’s Third Birthday

Mackenzie’s Third Birthday

My beautiful sweet child. Today you would be three years old. How has time gone so fast? In my mind you are a kind hearted, strong willed little girl. You have found your feet and are raring to go. You'd have your big blue expressive eyes, blonde hair in a top bun and...

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Dealing with Grief

Dealing with Grief

These days my life is defined by the loss of our children and our fertility journey. Because of this I am often messaged by other women in similar situations asking me how we keep going through the pain. This is a hard question. I had to stop and think about the...

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Judgement Over TFMR

Judgement Over TFMR

Since losing Leo I have received so much contact from people, especially those who have had to make the heart breaking choice of termination for medical reasons (TFMR) themselves. It gives me strength knowing that what I talk about is important and represents...

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About:

Rachael

Hi, I’m Rachael…

Author of the book Mackenzies Mision + Blogger + IVF Warrior + Activist Genetic Carrier Testing + Wife + Mum to Mackenzie + Bella + Leo + Hope

Book

Buy the book: Mackenzies Mission

Rachael and Jonathan were thrilled to welcome their baby Mackenzie into the world and to start their new lives as parents but then everything changed when Mackenzie was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder.

Mackenzie's Mission

Mackenzies Mission

After less than a year of campaigning, we achieved our goal! In the 2018-2019 Budget, the (then) Treasurer Scott Morrison announced $500 million for the Australian Genomics Health Futures Mission, $20 million of which was for Mackenzie’s Mission, a pilot program of carrier screening.

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Book

“A book about finding grief and finding purpose through unimaginable loss and heartbreak. Beautiful Mackenzie will continue to have a powerful impact on this worl through the work of her remarkable parents.”

– Libby Trickett

Book

“A book about finding grief and finding purpose through unimaginable loss and heartbreak. Beautiful Mackenzie will continue to have a powerful impact on this worl through the work of her remarkable parents.”

– Libby Trickett