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Jonathon Dornbush
November 06, 2014 AT 07:07 PM EST

ABC Family has renewed Chasing Life for a second season, ahead of the first season’s return from hiatus this December.

The drama, in which journalist April (Italia Ricci) learns she has cancer and tries to balance her work and home lives while contending with this revelation, has been ordered for a 13-episode second season.

The show previously wrapped its first season’s 13 episodes, but received a late order for an additional seven episodes as well as a holiday special, which airs on Dec. 9. The series is based on the Spanish-language Mexican series Terminales.

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