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A nation is only as healthy as its children.  -Harry Truman

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a child with a chronic illness?  Imagine how your own childhood would have been different if you had been afflicted with an incurable disease.

Children with health challenges face significant emotional and psychological distress because of their condition. They often feel different, stigmatized and socially isolated, and often become restricted in their activities. These feelings can lead to problems at school. A child with A chronic illness may also experience recurrent fear and pain. If these emotional difficulties are not dealt with, the child’s health, attitude and emotional state can worsen. Sadness, depression, anxiety, withdrawal, rebelliousness, and/or a decreased interest in school often occur.

In the past 20 years, the rate of chronic illness among children in the U.S. has nearly doubled to one in five children. In Hamilton County, there are 37,000 children living with a chronic illness. by 2025, chronic illnesses will affect an estimated 164 million Americans – nearly half (49%) of the U.S. population!

 

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