Having a long-term, or chronic, illness can disrupt your life in many ways. You may often
be tired and in pain. Your illness might affect your appearance or your physical abilities
and independence. You may not be able to work, causing financial problems.
For children, chronic illnesses can be frightening, because they may not understand why
this is happening to them.
These changes can cause stress, anxiety and anger. If they do, it is important to seek
help. A trained counselor can help you develop strategies to regain a feeling of control.
Support groups might help, too. You will find that you are not alone, and you may learn
some new tips on how to cope.