Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. Once upon a time… Telling stories is something that many of us do with our children. But what about with our patients, and what about encouraging patients to tell their stories? In this issue of BJPCN, we share some exciting new research showing that patients with high blood pressure can learn from each others’ stories. And we help you to fill in the gaps so you’ve got a clear story to tell during routine consultations with patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes.