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ONCE UPON A GENE - EPISODE 197 - Rare Disease Dad Chronicles - Ryan Sheedy

Effie Parks, Once Upon a Gene Podcast

Ryan Sheedy is a dadvocate and the Co-Founder of My Mejo. He shares his journey of courage and determination to provide a service for the rare disease community through My Mejo and of being a rare dad.


Can you tell us about your journey as a rare disease dad?

My wife and I found out unexpectedly that we were having twins and that has been the theme of our journey-- you can think and prepare for what will happen and then throw it out the window because you're not in control. Reynolds and Campbell are five and a half years old. We weren't aware of complications with the twins, my wife had a scheduled c-section and we were excited to meet our babies. When they were born, it wasn't the joyous moment we imagined experiencing because both babies immediately experienced complications. That began our journey of a lot of unanswered questions, research, praying, hoping and tests.

What was the motivation for starting the My Mejo platform?

During the time in the NICU and trying to keep all the information organized and detailing it for sharing, I drafted the idea to solve the problem of remembering everything and connecting the dots. I created a one pager of all Reynolds' key information and I'd provide it to all new providers and therapists. Reynolds was the inspiration for the platform, but I'm inspired daily by the people I get to meet because of the platform. We launched in June 2022 and today we have 1,400 users using the platform across the country.

How does the My Mejo platform work?

My Mejo allows you to collect and consolidate all the information you may need into one place and allows caregivers to provide all the information relating to a child to healthcare professionals or other caretakers. We have a section called Getting to Know Me where parents can note personal details that humanize medical encounters. We work on simplicity everyday- on keeping the platform super simple and very useful. Instead of information being scattered across different places, My Mejo allows you to organize information in a format that is easy on the eye in a version that can be downloaded into a .pdf file, journal, playbook or through text or email with controllable access rights. I should also mention that the platform is completely free for families to use.

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