Hey Alia, can I ask you about AS?

If you’re already an active member of our This AS Life community then you’ll know that everything we do starts and ends with you front of mind. And that’s why we’ve created Alia, a new Facebook Messenger Chatbot to help you discover new ways to live boldly with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).

We don’t have to tell you that living with a chronic disease like AS is HARD. Every day can bring different challenges; from keeping up with your kids, to maintaining your career, to enjoying exercise; It’s all encompassing and – let’s face it – can sometimes leave you feeling isolated and alone.  

Enter Alia…! The This AS Life Facebook Messenger chatbot here to answer your questions about AS 24/7, 365 days a year. Alia can help you to navigate all of the resources, information, and articles that This AS Life has, and find the support that you really need, whatever kind of an AS day you are having – the good, the bad, and the ugly!

It also can provide some comic relief as well. Let’s say you’re having a bad AS day, and you let Alia know that you just need a pick me up. Have no fear, Alia has a funny GIF to help lift up your spirits and continue to press on.

All sounds pretty cool right? The technology advances in the last few years have been incredible, and allow us to find information and support wherever and whenever we need it most. What better area to utilize this tech than in healthcare, where people can feel in need of the round the clock support that a doctor or a family member can’t always provide. What’s more, we’ll be making updates to Alia over time to make sure that she keeps getting better and better – we’d love to hear your thoughts, so leave us a comment on Facebook or Twitter to share your feedback.

So whether you’re searching for ways to track your symptoms, help busting the science of AS terminology or hacks and tips to make life that little bit easier, chat to Alia to see what support she can provide.

Have a go, and let us know what you think!







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