In many respects, the ladies of the Teen Mom franchise have it much, much easier than most young single moms.
After all, they enjoy six-figure salaries from relatively cushy jobs that generally don't require them to spend much time away from their children.
But the ladies of Teen Mom seem to be cursed with a virulent streak of bad luck as well -- and sadly, the newest cast member is no exception.
It's only been three weeks wince Cheyenne Floyd joined the cast of Teen Mom OG, but already, her sad story has earned her the sympathy and support of a legion of new fans.
Here's the latest on Floyd's frightening situation:
A New Face
After gaining a modicum of fame on MTV shows such as Are You the One?, Cheyenne made her official Teen Mom OG debut at the start of the show's eighth season.
At first, fans were conflicted about the addition of Cheyenne to the long-running MTV series.
Big Shoes to Fill
Many were happy to see the fired Farrah Abraham replaced by just about anyone.
Others pointed out that Cheyenne was not one of the original girls (or "OGs") of the Teen Mom franchise, and wished that producers would leave well enough alone.
The Moms of Teen Mom
The other moms seem to have embraced Cheyenne with open arms, which is important, as the mother of one will need all the support she can get in the difficult times ahead.
A Sad Revelation
On a recent special introducing fans to the new moms (Bristol Palin also joined the cast this season), Cheyenne revealed some shocking news about her 1-year-old daughter Ryder.
A Frightening Condition
Ryder has been diagnosed with a rare metabolism deficiency called VLCAD.
A Mom's Worst Nightmare
Cheyenne has revealed that the condition is genetic, incurable, and in some cases, fatal.
Making It Clear
"It doesn’t go away, it’s genetic. It’s not like I did anything wrong,” Cheyenne said on the special.
A Solemn Vow
“I am going to make sure that Ryder stays healthy,” Floyd added.
A Mysterious Illness
According to the National Library of Medicine, "VLCAD, or very long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase, deficiency is 'a condition that prevents the body from converting certain fats to energy, particularly during periods without food."
The condition makes it very difficult to stabilize Ryder's blood sugar and requires constant attention from Cheyenne.
"In both children and adults, problems related to VLCAD deficiency can be triggered by periods of fasting, illness, and exercise," the NLM adds.
“When she was first born, she had to eat every two hours,” Cheyenne revealed on the MTV special.
A Team Effort
Fortunately, Cheyenne receives a wealth of support from Ryder's father, Cory.
“Ryder comes first and that’s all that matters,” Cory said during his first appearance on MTV.
Cheyenne and Cory's relationship is often rocky, to say the least, but both parties say they're 100 percent committed to Ryder's well-being.
Fortunately, Cheyenne's role on TMOG places her in a better position to afford the many expensive treatments that might await Ryder.
Ready to Pitch In
And with her TMOG family, Ryder has gained the support of four castmates and a legion of devoted fans!