Rachel Zetooney was born and raised in New Jersey, where she resides with her husband and two boys. She attended Rutgers University and received her law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Rachel underwent a total gastrectomy in 2005, steaming from complications after Weight Loss Surgery. Unable to find support for Total Gastrectomy patients, she founded a Facebook support group, Stomachless Living, Support for Total and Partial Gastrectomies.
Many of the members in the group are Stomach Cancer survivors and came seeking support in their post gastrectomy life. Many had questions about how and what to eat after having a gastrectomy. Others needed help with post-surgery complications, such as managing Reactive Hypoglycemia and Dumping Syndrome to malabsorption of vitamins and chronic anemia.
Rachel started advocating for Debbie’s Dream Foundation at Advocacy Day, held yearly in Washington, D.C. She has utilized the members of her group to become advocates for Debbie’s Dream Foundation to ensure that as many states as possible are represented. Through the Facebook group and with the help and support of Debbie’s Dream Foundation, gastrectomy patients find the answers to many of the questions they have on how to continue to live whole lives and thrive.