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I Have A Terminal Illness

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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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    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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    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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    Diphtheria

    I'm 21 years old and I've had a terrible life and maybe like most people have wished for my life to end. I haven't actually attempted suicide or hurt myself, I've already been physically hurt too many times to want to do that anyway. But I never wanted a terminal illness, I don't...
    InmemoryofLifelessStar InmemoryofLifelessStar 18-21, F 35 Responses Jul 18, 2011

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    Finding it hard to deal with.

    I push it to the back of my mind. I don't want this. If I ignore it it will go away wont it??? Maybe the doctors have it all wrong? What am I exactly supposed to do now? Pulmonary fibrosis..... sounds harmless so why is it a killer? I have a three year old... I want to...
    girl1e girl1e 31-35, F 4 Responses May 25, 2014

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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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    My Story

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 13 Responses Dec 12, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    I hope one day soon my anxiety gives me a heart attack and I die. I'm miserable and I don't fit in with the rest of society. I should have the right to choose to be euthanized. My...
    Rosaalie Rosaalie 18-21, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    I had a sister with a brain injury, but she sied after 5 years. But I have mental illnesses myself, so I guess it is easier for me to understand.
    WeepingWillow27 WeepingWillow27 31-35, F Feb 8

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    Terminal insomnia, more specifically. Which means I don't have a problem falling asleep but I wake up too early. I usually wake up at around 330AM. Sometimes it's an hour later...
    Undeadly Undeadly 41-45, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    The old school "You're either smart or dumb and the cure is to try harder" philosophy. There was a book * read where this special education teacher had one student, 7 yrs old; very...
    CrossCresentCreed CrossCresentCreed 18-21, F Feb 18

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    Myths about the top 10 most common mental illnesses: 10. Antisocial Personality Disorder: Myth: Somebody who avoids social interaction is “antisocial”. Truth: Many people...
    LostandFading LostandFading 18-21, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    I have at least four, diagnosed. Depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD... And possible bipolar disorder. - "Mental illnesses. They are no less real than physical illnesses, and often...
    iFortiTude iFortiTude 31-35 1 Response Feb 18

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    It makes me so damn angry when people mock someone who has a mental illness. The people who have a mental illness, are suffering enough, and going through enough hell, but to have...
    HisLittleLady HisLittleLady 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 7

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    I found research for signs n symptoms leading up to a mental illness episode , or of symptoms signs explaining a episode , but anyone know of any info explaining everyday life that...
    SsMcGavin SsMcGavin 22-25, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    Hello! This is my personal story of living with schizophrenia: I used to tell people "I have a bad brain." I am not going to say I suffer from schizophrenia but rather I endure...
    Amyloukay Amyloukay 26-30, F 7 Responses Feb 10

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    Hi, I can't describe what it is like to find others who understand the pain we all deal with everyday. I am 43, I was given the diagnosis about 15 years ago. Currently, I spend at...
    11061106s 11061106s 41-45 Feb 5

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    So, I have tons of mental illnesses (too many to write out.) and the only way I can escape is through self-harm, I am already going to a councilor and I don't want to tell him...
    HolyFire202 HolyFire202 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 8

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    So what is social phobia? Putting it simply it's the fear of being around people in any 'social situation' be it at work, at the gym, going shopping, going the pub, simple...
    reesewardley reesewardley 41-45, M Feb 10

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    You know what I dislike very much? When people act like mental illness doesn't exist. You know what I also dislike? The people that force people to think that way, it seems a lot...
    Euphoricbunnymaster Euphoricbunnymaster 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 10

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    People without a mental illness will never understand the severity of it. They have no right to talk. How would you like to battle your own mind every God damn day of your life?
    classAteam classAteam 16-17, F Feb 10

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    Hi,my names alex and i have schizoaffective disorder.i was working for 3 weeks as a phone operater and it didnt work out.i ended up getting to stressed out so i quit.keeping a job...
    weirdalex93 weirdalex93 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 20

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    Hello ,i am Ann joe from United state I live here in south California ,i am 46 years old,i saw a comment posted on health remedy by Christie bolt from Texas , about a doctor she...
    ann203 ann203 46-50, F 4 days ago

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    I dreamt that there was an outbreak of this crazy disease. It was a dream where I was there but I didn't look like myself. I was some kind of healer. The infected people had...
    katariffik katariffik 31-35, F Feb 22

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    I tested positive to Ross river fever which is a mosquito born illness. I get retested in a week as i need 3 weeks between tests to confirm as it might be a false positive. I read...
    heyitsabike heyitsabike 31-35, F Feb 10

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    I dunno, this is more of a rant than a random thought. Jokes are supposed to be funny. Life-threatening diseases aren't funny. Rape isn't funny. Mental illness aren't funny...
    RhinosaurusRex RhinosaurusRex 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 14

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    Full Name: Jeffrey “Jeff” Cook Gender: Male Age: 19 Birthday: March 17 Nationality: Irish American Hair Color: Orange Eye Color: Green Skin Color: Pale Body Type: Ectomorphic...
    HowArtThou HowArtThou 18-21, F Feb 18

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    i just need to vent i feel so lonely i dont know how to cope qwith this illness im tired i dont even know how to live this fricken life everyday is just a fight for survival mood...
    hannahabbie hannahabbie 46-50, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    FOR ME. I've written a book, it's about my experiences both ill and well. It also explains the fundamentals of the illness, what schizophrenia is and what it isn't. I intend on...
    cavedweller2 cavedweller2 36-40, F 4 days ago

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    First of all, I know this may not be completely accurate, but I believe everything we do is expressed in order to survive and reproduce. By survive, I don't just mean receiving...
    Deedle81 Deedle81 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    So I have been suffering for several years and just had a really really horrible time losing hope and thinking about death and stuff.My family keep put pressure on me..they don't...
    diyaandalbert diyaandalbert 18-21, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    A couple weeks ago, 6 days after my 20th birthday, I had had enough with stress and my depression. Granted, I wasn't taking my medication properly, which probably contributed in my...
    KorruptedKid KorruptedKid 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 6

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    Our 21 year old son is Bipolar 1. He had his first full manic episode with a psychotic break his first semester in college. We learned in a DBSA meeting that it can take two...
    Deedle623 Deedle623 51-55, F 2 Responses Feb 6

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    How do you keep from defining who you are by your illness? I don't want to be labeled as "the woman in constant pain". I've had CRPS for the past year and a half. I've dealt with...
    IndieAnnie IndieAnnie 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 9

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    During my senior year of high school was the first time I experienced my depersonalization disorder. I'm now 24 years old and still can say I'm suffering from this never ending...
    katejen2 katejen2 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 10

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    I have always been smart. I never really had to try in school and even though my symptoms began early on, I was always able to compensate for them. Then came 8th grade. I had...
    julesgray julesgray 18-21, F Feb 10

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    Having a mental illness from a early age isn't good but haven't the worst case of obsessive compulsive disorder your local CAMHS have ever seen is something els .......... Would...
    billiam96 billiam96 18-21, M Feb 12

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    I've lived my life Flying with broken wings A shattered soul And destroyed dreams My mind makes up lies Things that are not true Saying things like you're ugly And no one...
    Suicidekisses Suicidekisses 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 12