Living with Long-term Illness

Living with a long-lasting health condition (also called a chronic illness) presents many challenges. Learning how to meet those challenges is a process that needs to be worked, on as it doesn’t happen straight away.

Read Lamis’s amazing story of how she daily battles with the chronic long term illness called Lupus. She not only lets nothing stand in her way, despite a great deal of the time feeling terribly ill, she uses her own experiences on this helpline to help support others. We are so lucky to have her as an ambassador of Teenline and Tappy Twins.

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If you’re living with a chronic illness, you might feel affected not just physically, but also emotionally and socially too. The way a person might be affected by a chronic illness depends on the particular illness and how it affects the body, how severe it is, and the kinds of treatments that might be involved.

It takes time to make adjustments and accept the changes a long-term illness brings. As a teen, if you are willing to learn, seek support from others, and participate actively in the care of your body, it will usually help get through the coping process.  It is really important to understand as much as possible about your condition and how it affects you personally. Also by doing everything you can to manage it, can help you take health challenges in stride. Many people find that taking an active part in the care of a chronic health condition can help them feel stronger, more in control and better equipped to deal with lots of life’s challenges.

If you are affected by long term illness and want to chat now to someone who will listen and support you.

What is a Young Carer?

  • A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem. If you are caring for someone then life can seem hard at times. We are always here to talk to you should you want to chat.What do Young Carers Do?

    Young carers frequently do everything adult carers do including –

    • Household chores – e.g. cooking, cleaning, ironing, washing, shopping
    • Budgeting for the household – e.g. for rent, bills, food
    • Nursing responsibilities – e.g. administering medication, giving injections, changing dressings
    • Intimate personal care e.g. bathing, toileting, washing
    • Providing emotional support

    Many young carers are trying to juggle these responsibilities along with school work, exams, trying to have a social life and, for older young carers, experiencing the emotional roller-coaster of adolescence.

    If you are affected by long term illness and want to chat now to someone who will listen and support you.

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