A physical or mental health condition that lasts more than one year and causes functional restrictions — that’s how science defines chronic illnesses. But, anyone who lives with one knows it is far more complicated than that. Ranging from common conditions like diabetes to rare ones like scleroderma, chronic illnesses affect nearly one in three people worldwide. The chances of you knowing someone who has a chronic condition are high.
Here’s how you can sensitively provide the support they need: