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Charlotte Smith meets Gill Hollis

Charlotte Smith talks to Gill Hollis, a fellow sufferer of a rare lung disease known as LAM. They discuss the use of self-help groups for those with chronic health conditions.

Charlotte Smith was diagnosed with a rare form of chronic lung disease, lymphangioleiomyomatosis (now known as LAM) three years ago. She immediately went onto the internet and linked up with other sufferers on a dedicated website. Gill Hollis was diagnosed in 1992 before there was a self-help group. Charlotte and Gill discuss the positives and negatives of self help groups for those with chronic illnesses. Does it help or hinder acceptance or simply build up false hope and increase dependency?

Producer Lucy Lunt.

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