The journey to discovering a new medical breakthrough is never easy - there will always be hurdles to overcome and challenges to face. But the reward is incredible.
At Novartis, our mission is to improve and extend people’s lives. It is something that our team, in collaboration with the hardworking healthcare professionals in the NHS, feels extraordinarily passionate about delivering. This passion comes from many sources and for some the drive is deeply personal.
Over the next few weeks, we’re sharing the individual stories of some of our colleagues who have experienced healthcare challenges, either as a patient or as a loved one of a patient. In their lives at work they fight a public battle against disease; at home they and their families have fought a personal campaign against illnesses such as cancer, or are living with a rare disease. We’re proud that they have given permission to share their experiences with our followers on our Novartis UK social media channels.
Unfortunately in 2003 my mother got diagnosed with breast cancer. I think sometimes we forget how emotionally devastating an illness can be… how difficult, challenging and emotional any disease is. It gave me a purpose, and a lot of pride, to be able to work for a company that does a lot of good. We create an opportunity for people to better their lives, either extending it or improving it. I think for that we should be proud.
Our colleagues’ stories are ones of survival, loss and hope. They are united by empathy, drive and the basic human need for an ordinary, healthy life.
In our age of unprecedented healthcare demand, enhanced medicine delivery and medical innovation are a priority. These can sometimes feel impenetrable tasks. However, the impact of success – or failure – is very tangible. At Novartis UK, our team goes to work to tackle these demands, every day. We work hard to reimagine medicine – for our colleagues, their families, patients across the UK and for those who are in need worldwide.