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In the Cleveland Clinic online forum, they printed information about what it is like to have a Chronic Illness.
"Chronic illnesses last a long time, often for a year or more. You may also have a need for ongoing medical care and difficulties doing the things you need to do every day. These behaviors, called activities of daily living, include things like using the toilet and getting dressed. These difficulties can also affect your family.
Why can coping with a chronic illness be so difficult?
When you have an acute illness such as bronchitis or the flu, you know you’ll feel better and be back to normal within a short period of time. This isn’t true with a chronic illness. It may never go away and can disrupt your life in a number of ways.
What are some effects of a chronic illness?
Chronic illnesses have disease-specific symptoms, but may also bring invisible symptoms like pain, fatigue and mood disorders. Pain and fatigue may become a frequent part of your day. Along with your illness, you probably have certain things you have to do take care of yourself, like take medicine or do exercises. Keeping up with your health management tasks might also cause stress."
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