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Imagine the excitement of becoming a new parent and then within hours finding out your child has a serious developmental disorder.

That is exactly where Sanath Kumar Ramesh found himself in the summer of 2018. One year later, on his son’s first birthday, they found out that their son, Raghav, had an extremely rare mutation of the GPX4 gene. At the time, doctors told them that Raghav may be the only one on the planet with this genetic variant who had lived beyond one month of life. The prognosis is completely unknown.

They were alone.

They were scared.

And then they went into action.

And now they want to share their story.

Every couple of weeks Raising Rare will give you an update on baby Raghav as he grows up. We will also share how Sanath and his wife Ramya are driving toward a treatment for their son. We will explore the science that Sanath is initiating, their efforts to fund that research, and the people they meet along the way. We will also hear how the family adjusts to challenges and changes that they are faced with. Most importantly, we will share the wisdom they gain along the way so that other Rare Parents can learn from their steps and missteps.

We don’t know where this story will go. We do know we want you to join us for the journey.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Imagine the excitement of becoming a new parent and then within hours finding out your child has a serious developmental disorder.

That is exactly where Sanath Kumar Ramesh found himself in the summer of 2018. One year later, on his son’s first birthday, they found out that their son, Raghav, had an extremely rare mutation of the GPX4 gene. At the time, doctors told them that Raghav may be the only one on the planet with this genetic variant who had lived beyond one month of life. The prognosis is completely unknown.

They were alone.

They were scared.

And then they went into action.

And now they want to share their story.

Every couple of weeks Raising Rare will give you an update on baby Raghav as he grows up. We will also share how Sanath and his wife Ramya are driving toward a treatment for their son. We will explore the science that Sanath is initiating, their efforts to fund that research, and the people they meet along the way. We will also hear how the family adjusts to challenges and changes that they are faced with. Most importantly, we will share the wisdom they gain along the way so that other Rare Parents can learn from their steps and missteps.

We don’t know where this story will go. We do know we want you to join us for the journey.

    What have we learned in the last 6 months?

    What have we learned in the last 6 months?

    We discuss the joys, challenges, and surprises of raising a child with a rare disease every episode.
    In this conversation, we reflect on what each of us has learned through these discussions, through life “outside the podcast,” and through other people we have met along the way.
    Without any set plan we wander through resilience, learning not to react to some changes in our kids, and the need to inject some art and creativity into the logical and scientific world of rare diseases. Each of these topics are the result and the formative process of our individual growth. And by sharing our lived experiences we fuel that growth.
    The three of us really enjoy and appreciate having these open, vulnerable discussions; we learn so much about ourselves and each other. We hope you do too.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Invitation to Check Out The Atlas
    The Atlas

    • 36 min
    Myles Was Here To Teach Us

    Myles Was Here To Teach Us

    Losing a child is heartbreaking. Ashley Genelin lost her son Myles when he was just 3 years old. He was diagnosed with cardiofasciocutaneous syndrome or CFC. They did their best to keep him at home as long as possible, even when caring for Myles was like running an ICU. Make-A-Wish allowed them to take this mini-ICU on the road so that Myles could enjoy being with their extended family and the great outdoors. The memories built in this medical camper still serve to connect the rest of the family with Myles.
    Ashley has leaned into all of this and now serves CFC community full-time. She was a member of the Board of CFC International and now is on staff. She hopes that sharing her story will make this easier for other families and will lead to changes in how the world manages rare syndromes like CFC.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Invitation to Check Out The Atlas
    The Atlas
    Invitation to Check Out The Atlas
    The Atlas

    • 31 min
    One Day You Will be on the Other Side

    One Day You Will be on the Other Side

    On this episode we talk to Michelle Fruhschien a mom of two, Noah and Hailey(Jordan Syndrome). 
    The moment she was born, Michelle says she knew it in her bones that something was different about her daughter even though she didn’t start seeing symptoms for another two months. Over the next few months, Michelle spent a lot of her time googling, asking others for their opinions and was eventually able to see an Ophthalmologist who noticed an issue and suggested seeing Geneticist and then a neurologist after a misdiagnosis.
    Michelle has built a supportive community for herself through social media. In the beginning of her own journey a friend told Michelle that she would get through this and eventually would be the stranger giving hope to a newly diagnosed family. Listen along with us while we hear about how important her community has been and the grief and joy that has accompanied it.
    Learn More:
    mamabearforrare.com
    jordansguardianangels.org
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Invitation to Check Out The Atlas
    The Atlas

    • 29 min
    Finding Purpose in All of It

    Finding Purpose in All of It

    “We have a heartbeat, right?” Josh and Kristin Hoyle knew that life with their new daughter Chloe was going to be different and likely difficult long before she was born. Even in this knowledge, they believed there was a purpose for what they were about to experience. And they leaned into the challenge.
    Chloe has Bohring-Opitz syndrome and requires 24/7 nursing care to attend to her respirator, trach, and airway. When the visiting nurse services proved inconsistent, they made the decision to take on that round-the-clock care themselves. That meant Josh would leave his job.
    And throughout all this, they found purpose and strength through helping other families. Their story is one of strong faith, amazingly positive attitude, and love. 
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Invitation to Check Out The Atlas
    The Atlas

    • 48 min
    We all handle life (and our diagnoses) differently

    We all handle life (and our diagnoses) differently

    On this episode of Raising Rare we talk with Stacy Lloyd, a rare disease patient and board certified patient advocate. Stacy has dedicated her life, even much of her free time to healthcare in one way or another. She currently works at the American Medical Association, previously at Saavy Co-op, and is on the board of the VHL Alliance. After being diagnosed with Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) at a young age, doctors told Stacy that she might not be able to walk as she got older and tumors continued to grow. She went on believing this for most of her early adult life and even admits that she never thought about retirement or other aspects of growing older because they just wouldn’t pertain to her. It wasn’t until 2018 that a doctor she met at a medical conference for VHL told her that she was going to be alright, she would be just fine, that she started to really consider her life.
    Stacy’s diagnosis of having a rare genetic condition at an early age actually led to a number of her family members being diagnosed as well. Stacy speaks with us candidly that not everyone has handled their diagnosis with as much hope and drive as she has and that a number of factors have played into that. Stacy’s hope for members of the rare community is that everyone continues to share their stories, that they continue being vulnerable with each other and their medical team because you never know who will benefit from you doing so.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Invitation to Check Out The Atlas
    The Atlas

    • 39 min
    They won’t be children forever: the transition from pediatric to adult care

    They won’t be children forever: the transition from pediatric to adult care

    As Raising Rare continues to grow and evolve we are going to start bring in professionals that have beneficial stories for Rare Parents. These are individuals who have dedicated their lives to helping families in one aspect or another as they care for their children. Their viewpoints, stories, and perspectives are uniquely beneficial to parents that are involved in the rare community.
    On this episode of Raising Rare we talk with Neil Ead, a 40 year veteran of the nursing field who has focused his career on pediatrics and more specifically chronic care. Neil discuses with our cohosts the importance of preparing in advance for the transition from pediatrics to adult care. This process includes finding replacements for most to all members of the care team and how hard this can be for the team members and the family. 
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Invitation to Check Out The Atlas
    The Atlas

    • 38 min

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