Chronic health conditions start slowly and progress slowly. Chronic illness usually leads to long term symptoms and loss of physical functioning. Full recovery is usually not expected.

When facing a chronic health condition, the most important things to do are to understand the condition and to respond to it by becoming a skilled self-manager.*

Examples of many chronic health conditions include:


  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Cancer
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Diabetes
  • Emphesyma
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Overweight
  • Hepatitis (A and B)
  • High blood pressure
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Lymphedema
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Renal failure
  • Stroke


If you have found a treatment that is controlling your condition as long as you take it for the rest of your life, you still have a chronic health condition. Your experience can help others.

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