Rachel Stone graduated with her BA in Media Studies from the University of San Francisco. She worked in journalism, academia, and the non-profit world until a close friend was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Through being her friend’s patient advocate, Rachel became interested in nursing as a profession. As a first step toward this goal, she obtained her Master in Public Health from USF School of Nursing’s night program, while working in health policy at UCSF. She then relocated to Los Angeles and obtained her Master’s of Science in Nursing from UCLA. Rachel started her nursing career as an Oncology RN, and now works as a Perinatal RN at UCLA Medical Center.
Rachel is BRCA2+ and has combined her love of health and writing with her blog: www.funkygenes.org. She’s written about the BRCA mutation, her personal journey of undergoing a prophylactic mastectomy, and BRCA related infertility. Funky Genes also serves as a list of resources for the community. Her story has been featured in the Daily Bruin, USF News, and Nurse.com Magazine. She has guest lectured on BRCA and health decisions at UCLA’s School of Nursing and Oncology Nursing Society, and has been published in Cognition and Communication Journal. Rachel and her husband, Adam, share their home with their rescue wonderdog, Bailey.