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Make sure close friends know how to help you in an emergency.
Tell them how to know you are in trouble, such as if you are gasping for air during an asthma attack. Give them any special instructions on how to help you. Tell your friends to call 911 if you are alone, or tell a teacher, school nurse, or other adult if you are at school.

An illness or disability is a part of you — but it’s not all of you. You have lots of great traits to share. Your condition doesn’t have to stop you from having caring friends who accept you for who you are.

Wanting to fit in with kids at school is normal. You may resent that you have to deal with a condition that others don’t have to deal with. It’s okay to have these feelings. But try to focus on the things that you do have in common with others. Very often, you’ll find that you’re more alike than you are different.

Are you hoping to make new friends? Try joining a club to meet people who share your interests. You can look for a local support group for teens with disabilities. You also can try to make friends during physical therapy or doctor visits. Check out more tips for making friends.

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If you have to be away from school and your friends, you might worry that you can't be a good friend. But your time away doesn't make you a bad friend at all. Feeling like you are missing out stinks. But getting the care you need is more important. Your friends will be there when you get back! Remember, you can stay in touch by phone and invite them over for a visit. Read more about hospital visits and dealing with friendships.

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Making friends
Healthy and safe relationships
Handling bullying


Content last reviewed February 16, 2011
Page last updated December 22, 2015