This past week I was lucky to have been invited to Lyfebulb’s Social Club. It was a cocktail party in Rockefeller Center and brought together guests to connect and learn about emerging and personalized therapies in IBD.
For anyone that doesn’t know what Lyfebulb is, they are an organization dedicated to helping people achieve their optimal lifestyle by addressing general and chronic health concerns. The founder of the company, Dr. Karin Hehenberger was there and started this company to help connect people with chronic illnesses. Their main focus had been on diabetes, but now they are moving on to include people with IBD.
The night featured Dr. Neville Bamji, board-certified gastroenterologist and Clinical Instructor of Medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital, who shared insights to what could be coming in new therapies to help manage the diseases. Michael Fenterstock spoke to the crowd as the patient representative for the night, discussing his personal account of living with IBD, including the struggles and the successes.
The event is a part of Lyfebulb’s Social Club series, a monthly cocktail parties focused on various chronic diseases. The offline extension to Lyfebulb’s online platform, the Social Club brings together thought leaders, patients, experts and renowned professional, in an informative and relaxed environment.
Lyfebulb is fairly new to the scene and this was their third get together. They have many more things planned for the future including a radio station where people can call up to talk about their disease.
Many of you might be thinking that this sounds fun and exciting and how do you sign up for this. For starters, you can check out their website here. Right now they are based in NYC and I believe only holding events there. For me, I got lucky to have found this group…or I should say they found me. I had gotten an email from someone from a PR firm that works with them inviting me to this party. When I asked how she found me I was told that she found my blog online. I was so happy to know that my blog was very easy to find.
I think Lyfebulb has some great ideas. I met Dr. Hehenberger at the party and she really is an amazing woman. She has so many great ideas on how to bring together the chronic disease community. I know many of us in the IBD community tend to just talk with others in it, but as you know, we usually suffer from more than just one disease. A company like this will bring many of the communities together as one so there is so much more opportunities to share your stories and hear others. As well, we will all be able to find out new treatments that we might not know exists which benefit everyone.
I really want to thank Lyfebulb to letting me join their community and I look forward to going to more events with them. Hopefully, down the road, I will have more information on treatments and different ways to help everyone.