Celebrating new joys

Get to know Amber, mom to Payton, and watch some of the daily moments that make her excited for the future.

Good morning! Are we gonna have a good day? Yeah. Yeah! 

My name is Amber. I've been married to my husband, John, for just over five years. We've been together a little over eight. And we have two amazing kiddos. So we have our son, Michael, who is four years old, and then we have our sweet baby girl, Payton. She is two. Payton has Type 1 SMA. 

When we first started this journey we were unsure and the unknown scared us. But now, thanks to Evrysdi, it excites us. We're excited to see what the next chapter of Payton's life looks like. I don't know that there's a day that goes by that I don't feel so much pride in everything that she does, knowing that she has been through so many obstacles, she has overcome so many challenges, and she shows up every day. 

The past two years have been scary, overwhelming, heartbreaking, exciting, joyful. They have been the hardest two years for our family, but they have been the most amazing two years for our family. When we first received Payton's diagnosis, I dove right in. I wanted to learn everything about SMA. I wanted to learn what treatment options were available, how I could get her the best possible care. That meant looking at treatments, it meant looking at medical equipment, it meant having conversations and really becoming an expert in SMA. I am constantly researching, constantly trying to learn more, and I came across Evrysdi. When considering Evrysdi I spoke with Payton's medical team, and we really discussed first and foremost if this treatment was right for her. And then we discussed the safety as well as any potential side effects. After we spoke with them and we were able to evaluate the side effects and the potential positive impact it would have in her daily life, we decided to move forward with Evrysdi. I think that our family's been so fortunate. We're fortunate that she's here today, and that's an amazing milestone that so many have not gotten and we're so thankful for that. 

I love watching Payton, the intent behind her action. She's so curious. She doesn't know what limitations she has, so she just tries to beat them every day. I think for Payton, her curiosity drives her. And I think that's part of why she's so strong today, because she doesn't know how to measure a limitation. She just knows to keep trying. And if it doesn't work the first time, maybe we'll try a different way. And I think that her curiosity has really been her building block. It's allowed her to develop new skills and to learn new things. Payton loves spending time with her cousins and her friends. She loves swinging in her swing. She loves doing puzzles. It's no secret, Payton loves all things water. I remember from the very beginning, those bath times, you could just see her face kind of light up. She'd get so excited, and playing on the swing set with her brother, hearing them giggle together, that's the stuff that melts my heart. 

Payton has this contagious spirit about her. I think I've watched so many people meet her and they can't help but smile and just love her. She is just a breath of fresh air. Anytime a parent thinks about goals, I think it always is that you want them to be the best possible version of themself. When we first started the journey of SMA, we didn't know what Payton's future held, but we knew that we didn't want those three letters to define her. We didn't want her to be SMA. We wanted her to be Payton. So in all of our daily activities and all of the things we do as a family, we make sure that that is not our core focus. We hope that through those efforts, we're instilling that same mantra in her, and that she'll continue to not allow SMA to be the focus of who she is, but really come into her own and be the kindhearted, curious, adventurous little girl that we know she is. 

The most important part of Payton's daily routine is that Evrysdi. So every morning she wakes up, she gets breakfast, and then we give her Evrysdi by mouth and we're ready to start the day. Evrysdi fits into our family's routine so nicely. I'm able to give it first thing in the morning and then we're on the go for the rest of the day. 

Our family is constantly traveling, so having a medication that we could take with us was very important. Making sure that it could be on the go just like our family. So, we oftentimes have our Evrysdi cooler bag packed and we're ready to go. 

For those that are out there still looking for treatment, I would just encourage you to do your research, to know the options that are out there, but most importantly to get early treatment. Speak with your doctor, take their guidance, allow them to help you, because your child's future is bright. 

I think every parent goes into parenthood with all these milestones that your children are gonna achieve. And we learned early on that those milestones would be hard for Payton. But she is persistent, and she is a very determined little girl. So every day she shows up. She is the happiest little girl. She always has a smile on her face. 

At the end of the day, Payton is just a little girl who wants to play with her toys. She's not a disease, she's not three letters, she's just a two-year-old girl who loves princesses. 

So pretty! 

This is Evrysdi in action.

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Important Safety Information and Indication

What is Evrysdi?

Evrysdi is a prescription medicine used to treat spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in children and adults.

  • Before taking Evrysdi, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
    • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, as Evrysdi may harm your unborn baby. Ask your healthcare provider for advice before taking this medicine
    • are a woman who can become pregnant:
      • Before you start your treatment with Evrysdi, your healthcare provider may test you for pregnancy
      • Talk to your healthcare provider about birth control methods that may be right for you. Use birth control while on treatment and for at least 1 month after stopping Evrysdi
      • Pregnancy Registry. Talk to your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking Evrysdi. Ask about registering with the Evrysdi Pregnancy Registry, which was created to collect information about your health and your baby's health. Your healthcare provider can enroll you in this registry by calling 1-833-760-1098 or visiting www.evrysdipregnancyregistry.com
    • are an adult male. Evrysdi may affect a man’s ability to have children (fertility). Ask a healthcare provider for advice before taking this medicine
    • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Evrysdi passes into breast milk and may harm your baby
  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take
  • You should receive Evrysdi from the pharmacy as a liquid. If the medicine in the bottle is a powder, do not use it. Contact your pharmacist for a replacement
  • Avoid getting Evrysdi on your skin or in your eyes. If Evrysdi gets on your skin, wash the area with soap and water. If Evrysdi gets in your eyes, rinse your eyes with water
  • The most common side effects of Evrysdi include:
    • For later-onset SMA:
      • fever
      • diarrhea
      • rash
    • For infantile-onset SMA:            
      • fever
      • diarrhea
      • rash
      • runny nose, sneezing, and sore throat (upper respiratory infection)
      • lung infection (lower respiratory infection)
      • constipation
      • vomiting
      • cough

These are not all of the possible side effects of Evrysdi. For more information on the risk and benefits profile of Evrysdi, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at 1-888-835-2555.

Please see full Prescribing Information for additional Important Safety Information.

    • Información de prescripción de Evrysdi® (risdiplam). Genentech, Inc.

      Información de prescripción de Evrysdi® (risdiplam). Genentech, Inc.