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Chronic Illness

More than 125 million Americans experience at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes, cancer, glaucoma, or heart disease. Nearly half of them have more than one chronic condition.

People with serious, debilitating diseases, that in the past may have been fatal or confined them to a hospital bed, are living longer and more productively. Still, people with chronic conditions may face problems in addition to their physical disability. Paying high medical costs, taking time off from work, living with pain, and finding support for caregivers are among many issues that those with chronic illnesses and their families face.

You may find Coping with Chronic Illness from the National Institutes of Health helpful. It draws from the experiences of patients who have coped with a variety of health issues to provide insights and suggestions.

Page Author: Nicole Kast


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