I'm trying to figure out what disease to use for a child character in my story. The girl in question is born in 1976 in the US to a white, middle class family. I need a disease that is not fatal (or, at least, not fatal until she is at least a teenager), non-infectious, and that would leave her either bedridden or unable to walk, and relying on the care of her overbearing mother, but mentally sound and intelligent. The girl needs to be able to be cared for at home, but occasional emergency hospital stays are fine.
I've Googled: - debilitating diseases - debilitating diseases in children - bedridden diseases - crippling diseases - various mixtures w/ added relevant dates
I've considered cystic fibrosis, or perhaps spinal meningitis. Would either of these work, or does anyone have any better ideas? Thank you in advance.
(I think I chose the correct tags, but mods, please let me know if I choose poorly).