People who have been chronically ill for years, or even decades, turn to people who really know what it’s like for information, advice and support: other chronically ill patients. For them doctors, or even their own family members, struggle to really understand what they are going through. That’s why Life Effects™ is by patients, for patients.
Focusing on the impact a chronic condition has on a patient’s day-to-day life
A long-term chronic patient’s needs go far beyond fully understanding the diagnosis and the biology of the condition itself. They want to know how their condition impacts their life today and tomorrow – but also any practical steps they can take to help them cope on a day-to-day basis.
With this in mind we created Life Effects™, an initiative shaped by patients, for patients. Together, we explore the latest science and thinking around your condition. Whether it's a new piece of research or a fresh look at triggers, we highlight straightforward, useful insights that are relevant to you.
Going beyond the illness
It looks at how health and illness affects the lives of patients and those around them in a profound way that goes much further than the biology of illness and treatment.
We bring you tips and technologies to make things a little easier. It might be a new app to organize your appointments or life hacks to help you live better days. We pick the best of the bunch, road-tested by other patients.
And we share stories about the reality of living with chronic conditions. It might be the challenge of starting a new job or the struggle to get out of bed each day. We talk about what it's like with people who have actually been there.
We do this across a range of conditions, focussing on Migraine, Multiple Sclerosis, Respiratory conditions such as Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Cancer and Mental Health.