Being diagnosed with an illness can be a worrying and frightening experience. You may feel that you're in a hopeless situation, or be confused by the medical jargon and worried about what will happen to you.
On these pages you can find out more about common long-term illnesses and conditions, explained in straightforward language without too many technical terms. You'll also be able to find details of possible treatments, advice, and of local and national organisations offering support and advice for people living with a long-term illness.
In the 'Related content' box to the right you will find suggestions for steps you can take to help you to live with your condition, and to lead as independent, active and happy a life as possible.
Information on these pages is researched from the NHS and other medical websites and is checked regularly.