Medicine X Story
Working as a medical doctor, I realized that far too many patients are confused about their diagnoses, their conditions, and their treatments. There’s a disconnect between the language that doctors use and what everyday people understand. This can make you feel incredibly hopeless and anxious at an often very difficult time in your life.
We believe there is a better way. We believe all patients – regardless of age, gender, culture or condition – should have access to medical information they can understand! Everyone should feel informed and empowered in order to engage with their doctors and be involved in making medical decisions.
This is why Medicine X was created.
Dr. Kim Chilman-Blair
Founder, Medicine X
About Crohn's Xplained
The Crohn’s Xplained story is based on a real person – Zach! It reflects his story, his experiences, and his advice to others. There have also been lots of people who contributed along the way with their stories and advice. Thanks to everyone who helped create Crohn’s Xplained!
The Medicine X team are doctors, artists, and creative writers who all work to make sure of one thing — the information is easy to understand. No more medical jargon! Everything is correct and up-to-date!
Each of our stories has a lineup of rockstar-like experts behind it to make sure the story is spot-on in terms of medical information. We’ve got a pretty great panel in the field of Crohn’s disease.
Hey, I’m Zach! You guessed it… I’ve got Crohn’s disease. It’s been quite the rollercoaster figuring out Crohn’s. I was first diagnosed when I was quite young, but I always found it pretty difficult to understand. Over the years, I’ve learned so much more about it, and how it can affect your whole life. My advice to anyone out there would be to be open about your disease, there’s no reason to be ashamed. Be optimistic. Keep busy, push yourself. Half the battle is getting out of bed. I hope my story with Medicine X can help you! Want to hear more from me? Watch to hear a bit more about my story.
Check out our experts that have been involved with Crohn’s Xplained!
Dr Bruce SandsMD, MS
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York
Dr Corey A. SiegelMD, MS
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire
Meet the Creators
Meet the artist and story writer behind Crohn’s Xplained!
Marie is from Normandie, France. She grew up in a bakery in a small village surrounded by nature and croissants. She moved to Belgium to study illustration and graphic design at Saint Luc in Tournai where she fell in love with pencils, paint, and fries.
After five years abroad she went back to France to study motion graphics at Gobelins in Paris and start her freelance activity. For years she created pictures and animations back in Normandie under her cat’s supervision but decided it was time to explore new horizons so six months ago Marie moved to Melbourne, Australia.
“I got in touch with Medicine X to draw illustrations about patients’ stories. The subject itself was very new to me – I was more used to trees and tigers. Then I realized it was not about making medical illustrations but giving a voice to people going through conditions we might not be aware of. This way, I contribute to help people understanding the disease in a stressless and pedagogical manner.”
I’ve been working as a writer in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. When I heard about what Medicine X was doing with entertainment to educate and help people, I knew I had to be a part of it. Sometimes it’s really difficult for people to understand or find help when they get a really difficult diagnosis. It can be shocking and life altering. Medicine X gives people a chance to take control and know their options which is really just giving people hope. The fact that I’m a part of that is an honour. At the end of the day, I just want to make people smile and know I did something to make their life a little bit better.
Story Reviewed By
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is the largest non-profit, voluntary, health organization dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The Foundation’s mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who are affected by these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research; providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public; and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD. For more information call 888-694-8872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly Supported By
Allergan has been pivotal to bringing the Crohn’s Xplained project to everyone. Allergan has long had an interest in the science of Crohn’s disease, and helping those with the condition through education just like Crohn’s Xplained, and through research and development of potential treatments.