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I Have A Terminal Illness

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 26 People

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    Related Experiences

    Diagnosed properly five years ago in New York by a woman doctor that took the time to research my issues and ordered the correct tests. Came back to my home in Utah and the...
    Andreacurtis01 Andreacurtis01 46-50, F Apr 17

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    Hi, I am not a writer,as you will see. I have been living with a terminal illness. I have end stage cirrhosis for about 4 years now. They have been telling me I had about a...
    namve69t namve69t 51-55 1 Response Mar 29

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    I tell people that I meet that I have Mental illness. I think they need to know . So I get sick and then they know what is happen. I have schizophrenia and bipolar . And I deal...
    Ladypanda Ladypanda 51-55, F 1 Response Apr 2

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    Im am not diseased, nor do I have an illness. I just have trouble making eye contact, I dont think Im better than everyone else when I dont socialize in fact its quite the opposite...
    Socalsunset Socalsunset 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 2

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    If you don’t live with mental illness, don’t make assumptions about what is and isn’t a symptom. Depression isn’t always sitting in a dark room, crying. It’s forgetting...
    SecretsOut14 SecretsOut14 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I'm 30. I live alone. But yet my parents control me. I can't drink, self harm or see my husband. I have a mental illness, I have been in hospital many times. My parents threaten to...
    sarahk85 sarahk85 26-30, F 7 Responses Mar 27

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    Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. So why is there so much stigma attached to them? Because if you're physically ill, you can usually see it somehow? It doesn't often...
    betruetoyourself14 betruetoyourself14 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 29

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    When most people hear the words "eating disorder", they imagine a white middle-class teenage girl. And they think the girl chooses to restrict, binge, or purge her eating because...
    Musicwillsaveyoursoul Musicwillsaveyoursoul 16-17, F Mar 30

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    I remember when I was trying to explain to my little brother (he's 5) about why I had to leave home. I was in a regular hospital at the time, after I attempted it, and my family...
    betruetoyourself14 betruetoyourself14 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 6

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    i agree. mental illness is hard to deal with. i have more than one illness. it can ruin lives. its so unfair. normal people judge so easily and dont understand.
    Ang012685 Ang012685 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 10

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    Hello all! This morning I was washing my dishes and came to a sudden realization about things(whoah, what an enlightenment!:D ), so I really want to share it with you, concerning...
    Gegete Gegete 22-25, F Apr 19

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    I do not struggle with mental illness but I have a few people close to me that do. It is a hard road to take for both those struggling with mental illness and those that care for...
    Yeahbaybey Yeahbaybey 46-50, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I wonder how many people that mock mental illness probably have a mental illness, but refuse to admit it.
    marinderso marinderso 26-30 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I’m a mom, I have an autoimmune disease and I have two children with an autoimmune disease. Most of the time life is fine. Most of the time I am fine. This week I am not...
    alwaysfun2b alwaysfun2b 46-50, F Apr 11

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    ⌂ Home Debbie Avatar Debbie ⚙ Forgive my spelling errors (was very hard to write) Also forgive how long winded this is, but fellow FM sufferers can relate to how...
    debbie913 debbie913 31-35, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Loniness is like a illness, It would start in mind, It would make you think you were born to be alone, Kill your hope in mind, Then it would move to your heart, It would build...
    SensualRomantic SensualRomantic 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 13

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    and am finding out in short order how much strength is associated and required, this damn illness hurts. I'm also a veteran and know a trick or two. I once thought that medication...
    cavedweller2 cavedweller2 36-40, F Apr 14

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    My latest Dx is MDD with psychotic features and PTSD. I am also a cutter and in recovery from bulimia. Previous Dx included schizoaffective disorder NOS, Bipolar 1 rapid cycling...
    Shonnie Shonnie 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    Katie Hopkins is a disgusting human She seriously needs a ******* punch in the face how dare she slag us off for having an illness we can't ******* help it , and it's not just...
    lauj16 lauj16 16-17, F Mar 30

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    I have a mental illness, and over time u know its actually ok... It's made it a little tougher, but really obstacles are made to overcome
    SsMcGavin SsMcGavin 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 31

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    I have fibromyalgia and it's really frustrating how nobody understands how much it affects me. I'm not making it up or exaggerating the symptoms, I'm really very sick at times. It...
    UnwantedPup UnwantedPup 31-35, T 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Schizophrenia. Schizo. Schiz. The crazy. Avoid. Illness that you can catch. Just those words whispering as eyes peer at me makes me squirm. I know I have a problem. Hell, I am a...
    octoberlovely octoberlovely 16-17, F 1 day ago

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    My sister and mother just laid the law down on me by severe arguing only coz I didnt want my kids to here my sister's convo after midnight with her friends as I have set rules for...
    Fizzy0875 Fizzy0875 36-40, F Mar 31

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    Ugh God I miss home with all my heart right now. It's all I can think about all day every day. I'm stuck here for four months for an internship on the other side of the country and...
    perkypup6260 perkypup6260 22-25, F Apr 11

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    My Dad was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, he has 2-6 month to live. The cancer is in his lungs, brain and liver. My dad has been absolutely horrible to me in the past and...
    noseatbeltsong noseatbeltsong 18-21 1 Response Apr 13

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    (1980) I was born while my parents were getting divorced. I saw my dad a handful of times. (1983) my mom remarries a man who likes little girls. My mom knew what was going on but...
    wingedvalkyrie7 wingedvalkyrie7 31-35, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I just got transferred from one community mental health center to another, and today the new psychiatrist asked me what I was diagnosed with during my last hospital stay. I said...
    sarahk85 sarahk85 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    im not sure why im writing everydat i find is hell and struggling i do not feel connected i have therapy to day at mental heath i dtread going ouy there is in a badf s[pot im...
    hannahabbie hannahabbie 46-50, F 2 Responses Mar 31

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    Dealing with a family members addiction coupled with mental illness has been exhausting and emotionally draining. I think I'm starting to become numb to the backlash and insults
    greeneyz83 greeneyz83 31-35, F 6 Responses Mar 31

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    Where did war come from. Curiosity. Jealousy. Pain from illness. Where. Saw this vid on youtube. The end had a comedien. Who seemed to speak truth. How bad...
    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M Apr 1

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