• Myriame Lyons

What are chronic illnesses (or diseases)?

Updated: Nov 12, 2019


Let's get down to business, shall we? What exactly are chronic illnesses (or diseases)? How common are they? Who gets a diagnosis?

Chronic illnesses (or diseases) are defined broadly as conditions that last 1 year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both (CDC, 2019). These diseases can include, but aren't limited to:

  • Arthritis

  • Cancer

  • Asthma