|Title of host publication||The Sage Encyclopedia of Lgbtq Studies|
|Editors||Abbie E. Goldberg|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2016|
Chronic illness refers to long-term conditions that are rarely completely cured and are often characterized by uncertain outcomes, unpredictable episodes of intrusive symptoms and intermittent or progressive physical and/or mental impairment. Examples include cardiovascular disease, arthritis, respiratory problems, diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer. This entry provides a brief overview of how chronic illness may impact on people’s lives generally before considering how chronic illness intersects with LGBTQ lives more specifically.