Having any chronic illness can be difficult, but having a rare disease like Gaucher's may be even harder. Few people know about the disease, and even fewer understand the challenges you face. You may find that talking to someone else who has the disease or has a child with Gaucher's is helpful.
The National Gaucher Foundation has a mentor program that connects people who have the disease. To find out more, you can visit its website or call 800-504-3189. Additionally, your doctor may know if there are any local support groups in your area.
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