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I Have A Terminal Illness

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    I have a neurological illness called MSA

    (Multiple System Atrophy), almost nobody has ever heard of it. I am married and have 4 kids. I am 40 yo. The average ligespan is 7-9 years. I am in my fourth year and it is getting harder every day. patients with MSA start to loose the ability to move, and eventually talk...
    tanustt tanustt 41-45, F 3 Responses Feb 10, 2014

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    i was diagnosed with a (then) non-operable brain tumor in 2001 and was told I had less than a 50% to survive the next 5 years.  it's been 10 years now since the diagnosis and i should be happy to be alive, but i'm not.  I've had at least 4 surgeries and radiotherapy and most...
    omelettegod omelettegod 41-45 6 Responses Jul 16, 2011

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    I Had A Long Day

    So I thought I'd take a long week to type it hereThe very slow process of my death is, exhausting to say the least.I tried to through myself a celebration party for passing my terimal date, I had to pay for everything lol and all these people I dont really know and invited ended...
    LateNightOwl LateNightOwl 22-25, M Jun 6, 2011

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    I have been told I may need heart bypass

    surgery. That is not the hard part. I also may have cardiomyopathy. If I do, I know I have a short time to live. This illness is known to be in my family. More later. This is not good bye.
    oldclerk oldclerk 61-65, M Dec 8, 2014

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    My only remaining kidney has entered stage 3

    failure. I'm not ready to die. Not like this. I continue to fight as I have been. I hope soon I can go home. I really hate it here at the hospital. The people are all really nice here but this place makes me think of pain and death. I have dialysis again tomorrow, but I'm not...
    cartermurrows cartermurrows 18-21, F 8 Responses Apr 17, 2014

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    Leukemia

    I had a bone marrow transplant in 2003 and I am still alive and I am not on any medication.
    Pat111 Pat111 51-55 Dec 8, 2011

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    Life looks different today.

    I was diagnosed yesterday with a disease expected to destroy my mind and be very painful in the end too. What fun! It's weird the clarity this brings. Every moment counts even though the end is years away still for me, and I am not going down without a fight. I started...
    onefootoutthedoor onefootoutthedoor 51-55, M 11 Responses Dec 12, 2013

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    My body is rejecting itself it's a genetic

    illness that skips some generations in my family first guy to get it so god dam do I feel lucky. I'm 18 and I walk with a cane for gods sake and my body is just gonna decay and break until I can't walk or do anything myself but hey...I'm having a good hair day today so...things...
    lewismurray16 lewismurray16 18-21, M Nov 11, 2014

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    Party Girl Who Wishes She Could Change The Past

    I was a heavy drinker all my life.  Now, I am terminal.  I come from a family of heavy drinkers and my grandpa lived to be 92.  The thought of cirrhosis never entered my mind.   I recently had warning signs that something was wrong; my nose bled, bruises were all over my...
    11chuleta 11chuleta 46-50, F 1 Response May 9, 2012

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    My best friend finally returned my call today

    and I did not have the heart to tell him I was unwell. First of all he is a blabber mouth and telling him would mean dozens of people I know would know and that would be a pain in the ***. Secondly I did not want to bum him out. He's had a rough spell that has recently turned...
    onefootoutthedoor onefootoutthedoor 51-55, M 2 Responses Jan 1, 2014

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    It was during the summer. I was out of school and house hopping since I had no stable home to go back to. It was a difficult year. I felt like dying every day. I had bouts of...
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    i feel so sad and lonely and abandoned everyday is the same im afraid to wake up i dont want o do anything anymore today is the first day in 5 days ive done something this illness...
    hannahabbie hannahabbie 46-50, F 1 Response 20 hrs ago

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    For nearly two years I really missed my old best friend since we drifted. She used to be the last person I thought about before I went to bed because I missed her so much. Last...
    XxLoveInTheDarkxX XxLoveInTheDarkxX 18-21 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I don't get mad or sad anymore. My friend and stepbrothers make me laugh, but that's about it. I have been a hermit or recluse whatever the word is for about 15 years now I have...
    Larls Larls 31-35, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I am a 43 year-old female of Central Mexican and Irish heritage. I was diagnosed with BTM at 19 while on Amphoteracin-B treatment for a fungal infection in my sinuses. Ampho-B...
    AZDawn AZDawn 41-45, F 2 days ago

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    i have several mental illnesses. i have been hospitalized many times and in rehabs. i take medication every day. i hate stigma and discrimination. it is wrong. i have...
    cosmosdrift cosmosdrift 31-35, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Fatal illness is no excuse for being weak. I gave three individuals life but my lungs are a little more than half functional and my hopefully soon-to-be ex-husband vented his anger...
    tdwolfe87 tdwolfe87 26-30, F 3 days ago

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    The debate between allopathy and homeopathy has been going on for centuries. The conflict has since aggravated when allopathic treatment under the persistence of American Medical...
    robertjpeter94 robertjpeter94 18-21, M 4 days ago

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    My family get on my nerves because I'm the only child my parent's don't care about. I'm the youngest and people usually say that makes you the "baby" and the "precious one". What...
    Freedgorgan Freedgorgan 16-17, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Hi, I stumbled upon this site while searching ( as iv done thousands of times, for yeeears now) in hopes that I can find some magical supplement to cure the living hell that my...
    Hopelesslyfallen Hopelesslyfallen 31-35, F 5 days ago

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    I developed a mental illness while I was at psychological ward that was supposed to help me.
    TowerJimmyDabzs TowerJimmyDabzs 31-35, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I haven't heard from my (ex?) boyfriend in almost three weeks. He is still not well and continues to be delusional and aggressive. I don't know what to do so I sent him a card. It...
    Lann2015 Lann2015 31-35, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    I've been struggling with dissociative episodes, caused by traumatic abuses of my childhood. It's like being half conscious, and I feel no will to move. I'm heavy. I'm numb or...
    malanxious malanxious 22-25, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I don't care how old or how young, people should take mental illness seriously.
    PetiteChica PetiteChica 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Your wish means somebody else's downfall. Let's see; I wish all illnesses and diseases will go away. HOORAY! Science and medical no longer required. The doctors at medical centres...
    Sazzio Sazzio 26-30, M a week ago

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    My brother & father have a mental illness. Its still not sure what the diagnosis is, likely schizophrenia. I feel that I have inherited something too (depression). The truth is...
    yasmine98 yasmine98 16-17, F 6 Responses a week ago

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    I don't know if I have a mental illness but I suffer from anxiety and don't like taking tablets for it as it will make me feel funny I have trouble taking medication only ibuprofen...
    Pszkit1990 Pszkit1990 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 29

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    I have been diagnosed with bipolar with psychotic features. it has been very hard dealing with this. I have delusions and hallucinations when I am not on medicine. but I think we...
    kparker33 kparker33 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 29

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    I grew up with my step father being schizophrenic. and I can say its not easy being around someone who has this illness. I developed bipolar at age 17 and have been dealing with...
    kparker33 kparker33 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 29

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    I'm in love with this boy with the perfect smile in the beginning when we met he was so sweet and we hung out all the time Then the popular gorgeous girl started talking to him...
    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 29

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    i've been a member here for a while, but haven't got around to participate in posting. i am an aspiring filmmaker and after having internship-level experience shooting for other...
    kmcaulley kmcaulley 26-30, F Jan 28

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    Some people say(oh it is not a serious illness, it is just a fancy name for a sluggish thyroid gland). I think that it is a serious illness, it is very challenging at least to me...
    lonelytone lonelytone 31-35, F 4 Responses Jan 27

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    Saw my councillor today, agreeing to see him is possibly one of the best things I have done for myself. He wants me to have a psychiatric assessment, up my dosage of fluoxetine...
    EverlyLeex EverlyLeex 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 27

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    I believe that we actually have more than one reality. That the Universe was designed this way. The main reality is the one, which we all see and can touch, smell, taste, hear. But...
    DragonSheep DragonSheep 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 27

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    I guess i do. I just have obsessive thoughts everyday at times in the day and oh i have demonic dreams that have come true and I also have demonic oppression and Satanic possession...
    Angelinawhitepromdresseveryday Angelinawhitepromdresseveryday 16-17, F Jan 26

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    Woke up with absolutely no motivation to do anything. I don't want to be here. I can't face leaving the house and pretending to be happy at my evening class tonight. I just can't...
    EverlyLeex EverlyLeex 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 26

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    Don't lie yourself girl! you are lazy for real! you can't do it for real! Why you said it was not your fault? it's not because of the weather, your illness, situation, people...
    kimlys kimlys 18-21, F Jan 26

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    Hey I was recently diagnosed with Psychosis after spending some time in a mental ward I was wondering if anyone has had this illness and what it's been like for them dealing with...
    Lonelybunnixo Lonelybunnixo 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 25

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    "You are strong for getting out of bed in the morning when it feels like hell. You are brave for doing things, even though they scare you or make you anxious. And you are amazing...
    AmayaTsuki AmayaTsuki 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 25

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    Is being twenty two a mental illness? How about unemployed, on the verge of getting kicked out of college your almost senior year, being lazy, a slacker, unmotivated, confused...
    Sickntiredoflife Sickntiredoflife 22-25, F 6 Responses