237 – The Vital Role of Caregivers in Rare Disease Advocacy

November 20, 2023 twodisableddudes

We are thrilled to have Effie Parks and Daniel DeFabio in this powerful episode! Together, we discuss the pivotal role of the caregiver’s voice in the realm of healthcare, particularly in the context of rare disease. Our dialogue revolves around the essential role of caregivers, whether they are parents, aunts, uncles, or other family members, in advocating for those who may not have the ability to communicate at all, as often seen in the case of children with rare diseases.

Effie & Daniel help us understand why the distinction between patient and caregiver voice is crucial. Caregivers often become the primary advocates for individuals, especially children, who may have limited communication abilities, so caregivers must be included in the entire care process.

Our conversation delves into the challenges faced by caregivers, particularly in the context of rare diseases, where caregiving responsibilities extend beyond traditional roles. Effie & Daniel touch on the complexities of balancing the roles of a parent and a caregiver. They share personal insights into the challenges of finding balance between urgent caregiving needs and the desire to engage in typical parenting activities. Hear us discuss the emotional and mental toll on caregivers and stress the importance of acknowledging both aspects of their identity.

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