Life Effects:
Insights, support and tips by people living with a chronic condition

Life stories for patients & caregivers

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

With this in mind we've created Life Effects, an initiative shaped by patients and caregivers. Together, we bring you tips to make things a little easier. 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.

The articles in this section include contributions from around the world. Some details may not be relevant to the Canadian healthcare system, but we hope you’ll find the contributors’ lived experiences, feelings and perspectives to be relevant and insightful to your situation—no matter where you live.

Featured stories

Exercise and Asthma: Never Feeling Fit Enough

Beki Cadd
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What I Wish I Knew When I Became a Caregiver

Susanne White
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5 Things Cancer Taught Me about Self-Isolation

Alice May Purkiss
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Making It Through A Crisis, One Day At A Time

Jeff Breece
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How Do I Know If My Depression Is ‘Better’?

Jonathan Rottenberg
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7 Distraction Techniques to Combat Feelings of Anxiousness

Sarah Bailey
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Navigating the ‘New Normal’ with MS

Trishna Bharadia
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Meet our contributors

This impressive group of patients and caregivers share their tips and lived experience to help you navigate your new normal. They understand best how chronic illness can shift your life in ways never imagined.

Alice May Purkiss

Alice May Purkiss

7 Stories

Meet Alice
Anna Crollman

Anna Crollman

5 Stories

Meet Anna
Barbara Moore

Barbara Moore

2 Stories

Meet Barbara
Barbara Stensland

Barbara Stensland

7 Stories

Meet Barbara
Beki Cadd

Beki Cadd

3 Stories

Meet Beki
Brigit Bauer

Brigit Bauer

1 Stories

Meet Brigit
Bryce Evans

Bryce Evans

16 Stories

Meet Bryce
Claire Eastham

Claire Eastham

9 Stories

Meet Claire
Cróna Tansey

Cróna Tansey

2 Stories

Meet Cróna

The individual(s) who have written and created the content 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​.