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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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How Chronic Illness Affects the Family

After learning of a child's chronic illness, families understandably experience some loss of equilibrium that threatens their stability. The stress of a serious illness can cause severe disruptions, particularly if each parent attempts to deal with his or her own fears and frustrations alone.

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