Some people we spoke to would dearly love to have their old life back, before they needed to take multiple medicines. This is particularly true for people who live with chronic pain. They are nonetheless able to report examples of where there has been a positive outcome that was unexpected and thus most welcome.
Everyone we spoke to describes the positive impact that their medication has had on their life, even though it may have taken some time for them to realise the benefits. Sometimes it was to do with symptom control or their capacity to do things; other times the positive impact of their medicines had nothing to do with their health, such as getting a dog because they were home more often. The most important impact is that they feel well, they are alive and they can function normally. This is a great help to them in coming to terms with taking multiple medicines.