Sanofi is about Empowering Life.
We work tirelessly to support people across their health journey, from providing preventative vaccines for infants, to supporting people with long term conditions such as multiple sclerosis and atopic dermatitis; from the few who suffer from rare diseases to the millions with long term conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. We support people who are able to self-care, with treatments for digestive health and intermittent pain, as well as those who need specialist care, such as epilepsy.
Bringing Empowering Life to life
We teamed up with award-winning poet Solomon O.B to create an ode to Empowering Life, which features the important, but often underestimated, everyday moments of real patients.
Heather is an actor, teacher and MS Society Support Volunteer. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2014.
Heather: “I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2014 – which at the time came as a complete shock.
Having MS does make my life trickier and can be exhausting to live with. It has also taught me to appreciate all the small things in life. One of my favourite things to do, is to potter down to the park and feed the ducks. Even when I'm feeling unwell, seeing all the ducks quacking and swimming around never fails to make me smile.”
Rebecca has had visible eczema on her face since she was born. She wants to help others by blogging about her eczema management and body confidence.
Rebecca: “It has taken me a long time to come to terms with my skin condition and give it the love and care that it deserves.
In the past when I had nasty flare-ups or reactions to irritants and allergens, I used to hide myself away. My dry, sore, red face was not something that I wanted to look at first thing in the morning. It was often very painful to wash my sore skin, but I persevered and took better care of my skin. Little by little my skin has improved, and I no longer fear the morning trip to the sink.”
Andrew was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015 and has since been vocal in sharing his treatment journey and helping others that have also received a cancer diagnosis.
Andrew: “I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015. I spend most of my time supporting others with cancer and have become very driven wanting to help those that need help.
I really appreciate sharing valuable time with family and loved ones. When I'm tired and weary, being able to chat over a cup of tea, in the quiet of the garden, makes me feel a bit better.”
Patrick was diagnosed with advanced MS in 1994. He runs a website which includes regular blog posts about his day-to-day life with MS.
Patrick: “I have serious foot drop in my left leg and now I am unable to walk unaided. The clip in the Empowering Life film shows me walking with a rollator. I am hoping to participate in a 1km walk in Windsor Great Park next year.
As well as running my own website, I am a service user and give talks to student nurses on Long Term Conditions. I am also keen to raise the public awareness of multiple sclerosis and its effect on sufferers and their families."
Melanie has been living with type 1 diabetes since she was 13. At the age of 16 she took up sprinting and athletics and has since gained achievements including International Honours in Athletics.
Melanie: “The act of running represents an important moment for me because nobody can tell I have the condition when I’m doing it, it’s all about just being an athlete, who happens to have T1D. This matters because we can often be and feel labelled when living with a chronic condition – but you can’t tell that someone has diabetes just by looking at them and we shouldn’t feel limited by having diabetes.”
Solomon O.B, Everyman Poet
“I chose to be involved in the Empowering Life campaign because I believe in the idea of embracing everyday moments and savouring them for all they’re worth. Slowing down to appreciate the small things can enhance our quality of life. I know what it's like when a family member has to endure a long term health battle and it affects the whole family unit in a lot of ways.”