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 UC Xplained
The UC Xplained story is based on the stories of many real people! Check out the video of one of our community members as he reflects on his story, his experiences and his advice to others.
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 the stories we create is different, so there are experts in the field of ulcerative colitis that have reviewed the story to ensure it is spot-on in terms of medical information. The experts are gastroenterologists in medical bodies and institutions.
Hey, I’m Zach! You guessed it… I’ve got ulcerative colitis, which is why this story is based on my journey. It’s been quite the rollercoaster figuring out UC. I had symptoms well before I was diagnosed, but even after I had trouble understanding what was going on. I hope my story with Medicine X can help you! Want to hear more from me? Check out the ‘story behind the story’.
Check out the lineup of experts that have been involved with UC Xplained!
Dr Joshua R. KorzenikMD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
Dr Remo PanaccioneMD, FRCPC
Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic University of Calgary
Dr Leonard BaidooMD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Illinois
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
Meet the Creators
Meet the artist and story writer behind UC Xplained!
Fago Studio is made up of a girl, two boys, six hands, three brains, paper, pencils, computer mouses, damaged keyboards, and software with a few bugs.
After having worked together during their studies, the studio has evolved into a quaint workshop located in Nantes, France. They are deeply attached to the peaceful and cultural environment of the city and are proud to be a part of it.
The studio works across many channels, but their main attribute is their illustration. They pride themselves on their ability to create a colorful, original, and meaningful universe through the power of illustration combined with storytelling.
Lena De Loche is a writer and comedienne living in Los Angeles with a dog named Ewok and a writing partner named Shawn. In addition to writing comedy sketches, screenplays, stand up sets, and hilarious tweets, Lena loves translating medical doctor lingo into regular people words. She started writing for Medicine X at the end of 2015, after being introduced to the exciting new company by Shawn. It was love at first diagnosis! Growing up Lena’s father worked as a medical administrator and her big sister worked as a clinical lab technician, so she feels right at home in this world. Finding the emotional core at the center of a medical journey is the most rewarding aspect of this work for Lena, and she applauds Medicine X for creating a digital tool that balances information and real people so well. When she isn’t writing, Lena can be found performing comedy on Hollywood Boulevard or acting in any number of films you’ve never heard of.
Kindly Supported By
Allergan has been pivotal to bringing the UC Xplained project to everyone. Allergan has long had an interest in the science of ulcerative colitis, and helping those with the condition through education just like ulcerative colitis, and through research and development of potential treatments.