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Rare Mama – Nikki McIntosh – Navigating Life with Rare

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Rare Mama – Nikki McIntosh – Navigating Life with Rare

ONCE UPON A GENE - EPISODE 066
January 21, 2021

Rare Mama – Nikki McIntosh – Navigating Life with Rare

Nikki McIntosh has been featured on The Disorder Channel in Life & Atrophy, a film about the day-to-day of raising a child with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and as a guest of Once Upon a Gene TV. She hosts a community called Rare Mamas where she shares tips, tools and inspiration for moms raising a child with a rare disease.

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

How did you enter the world of rare?

My husband and I have two sons, Mason and Miles. Miles has a rare degenerative neuromuscular disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). We were a typical family- young parents when we had our first son who was healthy. When we had our second son, we felt something wasn’t quite right and that he wasn’t reaching the same milestones. We started down the path of seeking answers and Miles was diagnosed after about six months at 18 months old. 

What was it like finding out that you and your husband were carriers for SMA?

I was so naive before entering the world of rare disease. I didn’t know so many rare diseases existed. To learn that we were carriers and to know something was lying in our genes unbeknownst to us was shocking. There was a level of guilt and we wrestled around with those feelings a lot in the beginning. It was a tough time trying to understand and accept and to determine how to move forward in a new way of life. 

Did you isolate yourself from friends and family or suffer from depression?

I felt so weak and sad in the beginning that I didn’t want to step outside my home. Once we got the answers we were looking for and got a diagnosis, I didn’t want to talk to anyone about it. I went through a time of not understanding the disease, I didn’t want to answer questions people may ask and I didn’t have the answers to those questions. We went inward and closed off everyone except the doctors and healthcare team. 

What changed for you to choose hope over despair?

What resources helped you along the way and what inspired Rare Mamas?

What is your mantra?

LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED

The Disorder Channel Website

https://www.thedisordercollection.com/

The Disorder Channel Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/The-Rare-Outreach-Coalition-Disorder/dp/B088T3PSSH

The Disorder Channel Roku

https://channelstore.roku.com/details/58305adaac080acdfc952dbeef3c27d8/the-disorder-channel

Disorder Rare Disease Films Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYPzJqCJmStgR32T_5031tQ

Episode 065 – Beginner’s Guide to Rare Disease- Anecdotes for Those Early Days of Diagnosis – Daniel DeFabio

https://effieparks.com/podcast/episode-065-beginners-guide-to-rare-disease-daniel-defabio

CONNECT WITH NIKKI MCINTOSH

Rare Mamas Website

https://raremamas.com/

Rare Mamas Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/RareMamas1/

Rare Mamas Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/Rare_Mamas/

Rare Mamas Blog

https://raremamas.com/category/start-here/

TUNE INTO THE ONCE UPON A GENE PODCAST

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/show/5Htr9lt5vXGG3ac6enxLQ7

Apple Podcasts

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/once-upon-a-gene/id1485249347

Stitcher

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/once-upon-a-gene

Overcast

https://overcast.fm/itunes1485249347/once-upon-a-gene

CONNECT WITH EFFIE PARKS

Website

https://effieparks.com/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/OnceUponAGene

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/onceuponagene.podcast/?hl=en

Built Ford Tough Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1877643259173346/

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