Hi, I'm Ben! I'm 25 years old, I live in Melbourne with my fiancé, Sam, and our pet lizard Baz and, hopefully, soon I will finally stop being a student and start working as a teacher! My parents knew when I was born that there was a fairly good chance that I would have haemophilia so I was diagnosed with moderate haemophilia A pretty much as soon as I was born. Living with haemophilia definitely has its challenges; I remember having to sit out of a lot of things growing up because they were too dangerous or because I had a bleed, and I felt really left out a lot of the time. There was a point though where I decided to take control of my life and with the help of family, friends and my medical team I have done so many things that I never before would have believed possible for me!
Hey, I’m Jamie… 35 years old and married with 3 kids, so you could say I’m just a regular guy. But I was diagnosed with severe haemophilia A when I was 2 years old and didn’t stop bleeding when I fell over and hit my mouth.
Life has been pretty tough, especially when I was a kid being told to take it easy and not play sports. The hardest thing for me is accepting that having a serious medical condition that makes me different. It wasn’t until I was about 19 that I really started to accept that this is my life, and now I’m taking things into my own hands.
Today, my motto is “go hard or go home’.
Medicine X Story
Working as a medical doctor, I realised 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 Haemophilia Xplained
The Haemophilia Xplained stories and videos are people, reflecting their stories, experiences and advice. Thanks to everyone who helped create the Haemophilia Xplained series!
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! Our team has worked to ensure that you get information that is correct and up-to-date.
Each of the stories we create is different, so there are experts from relevant medical bodies and institutions that have reviewed the story to ensure it is spot on in terms of medical information. These experts are professionals from all across Australia.
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I thought the story line, combined with all the complex information, works well.
Great job. A lot of really good information in here.
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I wish I’d had something like this growing up!
Experts involved in Haemophilia Xplained
A collaborative community effort.
A wide community contributed to Haemophilia Xplained and Pharmacokinetics (PK) Xplained. We involved medical experts, relevant medical bodies, and institutions. The story was then peer reviewed and shared with a focus group of people with haemophilia to help evolve and optimise the content. Thank you to all involved!
Dr James Price
Dr John Rowell
Dr Jane Mason
A/Prof Huyen Tran
Senior Social Worker
Bleeding Disorder Co-ordinator
Medicine X would like to thank their sponsors Takeda Australia and Partner Haemophilia Foundation Australia for their collaboration on Haemophilia Xplained. Medicine X would also like to thank Shire Australia (now part of Takeda) for their collaboration on Pharmacokinetics Xplained.
Haemophilia Foundation Australia
Haemophilia Foundation (HFA) is the national peak body that represents people with haemophilia, von Willebrand disorder and other inherited bleeding disorders, and their families through: Representation and Advocacy, Education and Research.haemophilia.org.au
Takeda is a patient-focused, values-based, R&D-driven global biopharmaceutical company committed to bring Better Health and Brighter Future to people worldwide. Our passion and pursuit of potentially life-changing treatments for patients are deeply rooted in our distinguished 238-year history in Japan.
Shire Australia Pty Limited is now part of Takeda.
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