Chronic Illness Resources for Teens

These resources are the result of a collaboration between the Koop Institute and the S.T.A.R. Program for teens with chronic illness. Kate Creskoff is a Dartmouth '99 who has worked with the S.T.A.R. Program to develop several projects in the past months. One of these projects has been the gathering and sharing of stories written by teens with chronic illness. Below, you'll find Kate's story and stories written by teens in the S.T.A.R. Program about their experiences. We have also included a list of other web links for teens with chronic illness. To contact the S.T.A.R. Program and find out more about our projects, e-mail Leah Abrahamsen, MSW, the S.T.A.R. Program Coordinator.

This is the first of two installments of stories for the S.T.A.R. program. Click for Finding Our Way, the second installment.

Kate's Story: When she was 17, Kate was diagnosed with a chronic illness, Sjogren's Syndrome, which is related to a disease called lupus.

Alana's Story: "It's Been Hard, but It's OK." Alana is 15 and has diabetes.

Christina's Story: "A Required Lifestyle." Christina is 17 and has Marfan's Syndrome.

Holly's Story: "Marfan's Syndrome: It Comes From the Heart." Holly is 14 and has Marfan's Syndrome.

Allison's Story: "Deal with it." Allison: Allison is 14 and was diagnosed with Diabetes when she was 6. "I hope for a cure for diabetes every single night."

Anne's Story: "To Breathe or Not to Breathe: My Story About Asthma." Anne is 14 and has asthma.

Valerie's Story: "Living With Diabetes." Valerie is 13 and has had diabetes since she was 8.

Joey's Story: "Life's Changes." Joey is 18 and is in remission from leukemia.

Marc's Story: "Getting Serious." Marc is almost 17 and has aplastic anemia.

Griff's Story: "Unwanted Responsibilities: My 'New' Lifestyle." Griff is 16 and has diabetes

Links to Other Stories by Teens with Chronic Illnesses