Like many other people in Norway, Helge Blikberg is an active man who requires medication to be able to keep up his active lifestyle. However being dependent on a large amount of medication also means that he has to remember their names and active ingredients, in case he runs out or finds himself in a crisis so that he can communicate what he needs, which can be a problem around the world.
Blikberg is an active man, which means, like many others, work and family keep him busy. But few people expect to find out how their lives will be affected by an unexpected diagnosis.
Three years ago, Blikberg was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which means that he has to take extra care of his health.
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a neurological disease that affects the central nervous system, and around 550 Norwegians are diagnosed with the disease every year. The disease blocks or interrupts nerve signals, which can complicate a busy life, but the correct medication can slow the development of the disease and alleviate the symptoms.
‘Experiencing the symptoms and then being diagnosed was frightening. Now, my focus is simply on taking the necessary care, and not letting it affect my life more than necessary.’
– Helge Blikberg
Blikberg also uses the World Medical Card, a platform on which he stores all his medical information, which enables him to keep control of his medication and ensure that if anything happens, health personnel will quickly gain access to the correct information. Blikberg got a World Medical Card through his work ten years ago and has mainly used the platform since then to store his medical information. However, when he became dependent on one very important and uncommon medication three years ago, things quickly became more complicated, especially abroad. The app provides an overview of the active ingredient in the medication, which means that he can rest assured that he will get the right medication, even abroad.
Blikberg continues to live an active life today, relatively unaffected by his diagnosis, thanks to his positive approach, the support of his family and friends and the excellent health system in Norway along with good access to information.