Rank #1: 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 also an Associate Professor at Columbia University. Jim tells us his diagnosis and treatment story, Karen explains what life is like as a caregiver or “care partner,” while Dr Lederer explains the causes of the disease, the treatment options, and upcoming Pulmonary Fibrosis research. Visit RareShare.org to find your rare disease community.
Rank #2: All About Genomic Sequencing for Rare Disease Patients: A Focus on iHope
Genomic sequencing is something many rare disease patients may need, but may not be able to access. The Rare Genomics institute runs a program called iHope 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 the the potential costs of sequencing, the difference between exome sequencing and whole genome sequencing, and how, through iHope, Rare Genomics has provided $2.7 million worth of whole genome sequencing to patients in need. She also explains why genomic testing doesn’t always lead to instant diagnosis (only 20-30%), and shares some iHope success stories.
Rank #3: Growing up With a Rare Disease: An Alagille Syndrome Warrior on Understanding Her Rare Disease and Participating in Research
Rank #4: Coping With Your Child's Diagnosis: The Mother of a Rare Disease Patient on How She Found a Supportive Community
Anne Bruns’ son Ethan was diagnosed with Atypical Hemolytic Uremic syndrome (Atypical HUS), when he was just 8 years old. Anne tells us how she, Ethan and the rest of their family first reacted to the diagnosis, shares her advice for other families coping with a rare disease diagnosis, and lets us know how Ethan is doing today. www.rareshare.org