Happy Thursday, Readers!
This week we’re highlighting four articles on rare disease and chronic illness patients and ways to provide support that goes beyond treating physical symptoms. First, we have an article on how important it is to provide emotional support for kids who have chronic illness. Next, we have a piece that focuses specifically on how to be there for young adult spoonies. Our third highlighted article discusses the emotional burden patients who aren’t taken seriously face, and our final piece covers a family in the Czech Republic dealing with a disease that was totally unfamiliar to them until their child was diagnosed.
It’s important to treat the physical parts of a disease, but also to understand the emotional effects.
Young adults are already going through major life transitions– and a rare disease diagnosis only makes that harder.
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Often, people with rare diseases are doubted– and this can mean they don’t get the support you need.
A family in the Czech Republic explains that they don’t know what the future holds– they don’t know anyone who has their child’s diagnosis.