Young People and Chronic Illness: True Stories, Help, and Hope
25% of today's teens have more to juggle than homework, friends, & soccer practice. They also manage a chronic illness. Written by a young woman who knows what it's like, YOUNG PEOPLE & CHRONIC ILLNESS offers straight talk & solid information on managing a chronic illness like lupus or asthma, & others - while living, learning, & goofing around like any other teenager. From discovery & diagnosis to day-to-day medical decisions, symptoms, & deciding what to tell friends, family, & teachers, this book offers the experienced wisdom of 10 teens & young adults. They share their stories, tips, & strategies for staying in charge of their illness while remaining in-sync with their lives. Each handles his or her illness differently. But all, like author Huegel who was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when she was 12, have learned to know their bodies, communicate effectively with their doctors, & achieve their goals. Included chronic illnesses: asthma, hemophilia, diabetes, epilepsy, leukemia, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, congenital heart defect, & lupus.
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