In the season finale of season 2, Chelsey reviews the topics covered and seeks feedback from listeners for season 3!
To top off season 2, Demystifying NMO features Nell Choi, who shares her powerful and inspiring NMO story and optimistic perspective. Nell is a 13 year old accomplished NMOSD patient advocate. She is a published author of 'My Hospital Story', aiming to foster connection with others going through similar traumatic health journeys. She has also brought national awareness of NMO by appearing on CBS evening news to share her story. Recently, she met with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, presenting them with a copy of her book.
In a candid chat with Chelsey, Nell shares:
At 9 years old, Nell faced the mysterious and confusing onset of NMO, hospitals and the overall healthcare system. Of note, pediatric cases makes up about 3-5% of NMOSD.
Nell coped through journaling and finding gratitude for her parents and the gifts she would find through her journey, including finding connection in the NMO community, as well as herself and core values through the adversity.
Her authorship of 'My Hospital Story' taught her the importance of connection with others, and that we all have the power to make an impact.
Nell's hopes for the future of the NMO community include finding a cure and making sure all impacted by NMO are able to share their story to become more connected.
To learn more about pediatric NMO, here is a scientific journal mentioned in this episode: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fped.2020.00339/full