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Life Effects™

Living with one or more chronic conditions affects your life in so many ways. The only people who really know what you are going through are those who have faced the same challenges for years. 

Developed in collaboration with patients, Life Effects™ offers information, insight and inspiration for people living with one or more chronic conditions.

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.

Navigating the challenges and joys of caregiving

We also recognise the vital role of caregivers. Caregivers go to amazing lengths, embracing the challenges and demands of their changing role to bring care and joyous moments to a loved one as their health changes.

Family members or friends provide incredible amounts of unpaid care to a family member or friend with a physical, cognitive or mental health condition. They are a vital resource, a critical healthcare partner and individuals with their own needs. Within Life Effects we include advice on how to support a loved one with their ongoing health challenges, we also feature personal stories from care givers that others may find reassuring and supportive.

In the video below, you’ll see some of the inspiration behind our caregiver commitment. It tells the story of John and Mary, a loving couple whose lives are altered when one of them falls ill and the other assumes the role of caregiver, leading to a new normal for both people. The short video beautifully illustrates the love and dedication a carer has for the person in their care.


John and Mary’s story is not unique. Every day carers go to extraordinary lengths, often unnoticed, to look after the people they love. These carers deserve to be recognised for the value they bring to their families, communities and society as a whole and their stories should be told.

Through Life Effects™, carers and patients share their invaluable advice and insights from their own life experiences dealing with chronic conditions and provide support for those looking for advice to help with their role as a caregiver. The ability to connect with other people who have previously, or are currently, going on a similar journey is powerful and can provide the comfort and reassurance a carer is looking for, and needs.

From Life Effects™ caregiver contributors, some of their tips and advice:

 

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Disclaimer & Legal Notice

The individual(s) who have written and created the content in and whose images appear in the articles, profiles, podcasts and videos on the Life Effects website have been paid by Teva Pharmaceuticals for their contributions. This content represents the opinions of the contributor and does not necessarily reflect those of Teva Pharmaceuticals. Similarly, Teva Pharmaceuticals does not review, control, influence or endorse any content related to the contributor's websites or social media networks. All content on the Life Effects website is intended for informational and educational purposes and should not be considered medical advice or recommendations. Consult a qualified medical professional for diagnosis and before beginning or changing any treatment regimen​.

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