Illness & disability
A teen with an illness or disability can have lots to deal with. You may have doctor’s appointments, treatments, special diets, therapy sessions, medications, and more. One way to feel less overwhelmed is to get organized with lists and records. Checking off items on a list can help you remember what you need to do — and can provide a nice sense of accomplishment too. Girlshealth.gov has created a few lists to get you started.
- A health skills checklist can show you how much you already know about taking care of yourself. Do you know your diagnosis? Can you take your own temperature? Would you be okay meeting alone with your doctor? This list can highlight new skills you might want to start practicing.
- A health questions worksheet lets you keep track of any issues or questions you’ve had since your last appointment. Then you can share the list with your doctor and not have to worry about forgetting anything.
- A treatment planner is a great place to record any steps to promote your health. You can keep track of diet, exercise, and other areas you’re working on to take good care of yourself.
Content last updated February 16, 2011