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Chronic Conditions

Ten to twenty million children and adolescents in the United States have some form of chronic illness or disability. Chronic refers to a health condition that lasts anywhere from three months to a lifetime.

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Living with a Chronic Illness or Disability

When you first learn that your child has a disability or a chronic disease, the news is often unexpected and can seem devastating. Many families experience a sense of powerlessness at the prospect of dealing with an unexpected illness and facing a future filled with unknowns.