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Meet the Rareshare Team
This episode features RareShare itself, and discuss various topics ranging from its goals and how to utilize its networking and informational content. We hope to provide you with a brief, but comprehensive view of the website·s features, the diverse and
Don’t Sell Yourself Short: Having a Career after a Rare Disease Diagnosis
No one expects to get a rare disease diagnosis at the start of a budding career, then get fired while getting treatment, but that’s what happened to Candace Lerman in 2014. Now, 6 years later, inspired by her own quest for effective treatment, Candace is a lawyer fighting for new treatment approvals on Capitol Hill. Candace tells us about her experience as a rare disease patient, how she lost her job then went to law school, and how she is assisting nonprofits in the rare disease space. www.rareshare.org
How to Get Answers From Rare Disease Experts: The Rare Genomics Task Force (RGTF)
Arvin Gouw, a scientist at Stanford University and a founding member of Rare Genomics Insitute, chats with us about how patients and caregivers can get answers to questions about rare diseases, clinical trials, symptoms, and more, from experts and researchers in the field with the Rare Genomics Task Force. Visit RareShare.org to find your rare disease community.
3 Perspectives on Facing a Rare Disease: A Patient, a Caregiver, and an Expert Discuss Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Fibrosis
Hear about rare disease diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life from the perspective of Pulmonary Fibrosis patient Jim Carns, his wife and caregiver Karen Carns, and Dr David Lederer, an expert from the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation who is an Associate Professor at Columbia University. Jim tells us his diagnosis and treatment story, Karen explains life as a caregiver or “care partner,” while Dr Lederer explains the causes, treatment options, and upcoming Pulmonary Fibrosis research. Visit RareShare.o
All About Genomic Sequencing for Rare Disease Patients: A Focus on iHope
Genomic sequencing is something many rare disease patients need, but can't access. The Rare Genomics institute runs iHope, a program to help children and their families afford genomic sequencing with the hope of finding a diagnosis, and a treatment. In this episode we chat with Romina Ortiz, a scientist and a co-founder of Rare Genomics to hear about potential costs of sequencing, exome sequencing vs whole genome sequencing, and how iHope has provided $2.7 million worth of genome sequencing to patients.
Growing up With a Rare Disease: An Alagille Syndrome Warrior on Understanding Her Rare Disease and Participating in Research
Being born with, and growing up with a rare disease means you don’t necessarily know any other way of life. 23-year-old Anna Laurent, who was born with Alagille Syndrome, tells us that as she grew up, she gradually learned about what that meant, and how her life was different from other kids’ lives. She tells us about her symptoms and treatment experiences, participating in research, and her involvement with rare disease advocacy. Anna also recently graduated from college so she tells us about her new j