My passion for creating change within the healthcare system began with my own experience of enduring years of misdiagnoses and ill health before receiving an accurate diagnosis. I quickly realized the important role that educated and empowered patients and caregivers play in the healthcare setting. I began a career in health communication as a way to help people understand how to actively participate in their own diagnosis, disease management and treatment journeys. I’ve been privileged to collaborate with and alongside patients, families, clinicians and researchers on developing educational programs that accelerate diagnoses, improve patients’ daily lives and advance research. This work led to my current role at Ultragenyx, where I am excited to support and advocate for the rare disease community. My daily goals are to make a positive difference in the lives of patients, caregivers and families and ensure that their voices are heard.