Rachel Drury, Sligo


Rachel qualified as an engineer in NUI Galway and moved to Australia in 2013 where she became ill with Ulcerative Colitis. After seven years in coping and living with the illness Rachel decided to write her first book "Powered to Fall, Empowered to Rise" to share her own life lessons in living positively after many years struggling with the disease.

She was interviewed by Ryan Tubridy in February 2021 on her life leading up to her writing the book and has since appeared on other media platforms including the Good Glow Podcast with Georgie Crawford.


by Rachel Drury


About the Book

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 30. At the same time I was looking to start a new life in Australia and had just met Des (my fiancé) while working at an Irish bar.

Des stood by me through this illness and supported me in ways I could have never imagined with his love. After having to cancel our wedding in 2018 and give up work, we finally found our happy place in 2020.


The love that Des showed me during this time and the illness inspired me to write a book so that I could help others who are also going through a difficult time. The book writes about the lessons I learnt in my own life on health, wealth, love and happiness.

It is my hope that this book will help others and inspire others that love always shines through no matter how dark our days are. This book has been written from my heart to yours.