Author Archives: Lelainia Lloyd

Looking Back on Our Last Day of Normal

When I think about Rare Disease Day 2020, it’s with mixed emotions. The day before, I got up at “o’dark-30” to catch an early flight to Toronto. I’d been invited to attend a Rare Disease Day celebration hosted by a pharmaceutical company that I’m partnered with. I was…

Finding the Peer Support Team That Changed My Life

Every month for the past 13 years, I’ve had a standing date booked in my calendar. The third Saturday of each month is blocked off for three hours of self-care in the form of a support group meeting. I’m the token neuromyelitis optica (NMO) patient in a group with seven…