'Teen Mom' star Cheyenne Floyd opens up about daughter Ryder's 'scary' genetic disorder

Floyd revealed that Ryder was born with a rare genetic disease called VLCAD, a condition where she can’t process fatty foods


                            'Teen Mom' star Cheyenne Floyd opens up about daughter Ryder's 'scary' genetic disorder

'Teen Mom' star Cheyenne Floyd is finally gearing up to speak out loud about her daughter’s health issues. According to reports, during a sneak peek from Monday’s episode of 'Teen Mom OG', Floyd is seen recalling the time she learned about her one-year-old daughter Ryder’s genetic disorder.

"Ryder was born with a rare genetic disease called VLCAD," she explained while talking to her cousin. "She can’t process fatty foods." Floyd revealed that Ryder was diagnosed with the condition (very-long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase) deficiency just two days after she came home from the hospital.


 
 
 
 
 
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Who does Ryder look like more? 🤨

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According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), VLCAD deficiency is "a condition in which the body is unable to properly break down certain fats (called very long-chain fatty acids) into energy, particularly during periods without food (fasting). Signs and symptoms can occur during infancy, childhood or adulthood depending on the form of the condition and may include low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), lack of energy, and muscle weakness."

Floyd explains: "When she was first born she had to eat every two hours. She has to take medicine in the morning and in the night. Since it’s genetic, it’s something that she’ll always have." And even though her little girl continues to get better and stronger each day, Floyd admitted that she still constantly fears that her health could take a turn for the worse.


 
 
 
 
 
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❤️☺️ @thatsryderk // thanks auntie for doing her hair lol @r_blackout

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"It’s scary to hear that she can go into shock," she says. "It’s scary to hear that she can go into a coma. The fact that that’s realistic, that scares me."

Floyd had Ryder with fellow MTV star Cory Wharton, whom she did not reveal as her baby's father until she was seven months pregnant. However, apart from keeping this small info under wraps, Floyd was quite open about documenting her entire journey of pregnancy for all her fans on social media.


 
 
 
 
 
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I have been teaching Ryder baby sign language and last week our word was “baby” 👍🏾❤️ so proud thanks @youcancallmed thanks for catching it on your FaceTime call

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Floyd and Wharton later revealed that they conceived Ryder during a one-night stand while filming 'The Challenge: Rivals III' reunion. He had been known as a certified player on the hit show, as there had been multiple women on the show with whom the star had hooked up previously.

In September last year, Floyd spoke to Us Weekly, where she admitted that they had set up a nonprofit for her daughter's medical issues. "We’re starting a nonprofit," she said at the time. "It’s really rare and I knew nothing about it up until I had her. It’s a huge part of our lives, and we’re opening that up to the viewers as well."


 
 
 
 
 
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Ryder’s 1st Birthday 🎉❤️ Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us this weekend, it was AMAZING!!

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