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View Poll Results: What medical illness are you afraid of the most?
Cancer 20 34.48%
HIV / AIDS 0 0%
Stroke 6 10.34%
Heart Attack 2 3.45%
Diabetes 1 1.72%
Alzheimer's 18 31.03%
Parkinson's Disease 1 1.72%
Arthritis 0 0%
Heart Disease 0 0%
Mental Illness 3 5.17%
Other 7 12.07%
Voters: 58. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-22-2012, 10:38 PM
 
Location: ATL suburb
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I'm scared to death of going blind. Once the retina or optic nerve is destroyed, that's it. I would be unable to do the some of the things that matter to me most and would probably feel helpless. These other illnesses, cancer, mental degeneration, stroke, etc, may or may not leave me incapacitated and I at least feel like I can put up a good fight. I can deal with everything else on that list, after a lot of tears, but blindness, I really don't think I could handle. Following that would be anything that would leave me paraplegic or completely unable to communicate.
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:04 AM
 
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AZ. Just put me down like a dog if my mind ever goes because that's all I am at that point (probably less than a dog). Save everyone the time and put the bullet chamber and squeeze. You have my permission.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Huntington's Disease.
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:00 PM
 
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Unless I had a mental disease that made me unable to take rational decisions, I would commit suicide if I ever found out I would have to live with a chronic debilitating illness for the rest of my life. Going blind would be one of them. If I went blind one day, I would be dead the next.
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Old 06-23-2012, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Everybody is going to hurt you, you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for-B Marley
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I'm a firm believer in you attract that which you fear so I try to control such fears. I mean that. Why worry about something that hasn't happened?
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:33 AM
 
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Wow, I'm surprised at the intensity of fear about blindness some people have! I never really thought of that being a "top fear" for me, or a reason I would want to commit suicide. I've met some really impressive blind people who are very capable and have wonderful lives! I wonder if you met some people like that, maybe the fear would be less severe. As long as I could still read (I'd have to learn Braille of course) I could live through anything.
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I'm a firm believer in you attract that which you fear so I try to control such fears. I mean that. Why worry about something that hasn't happened?
My Dad has been saying the same exact thing for many years.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:28 AM
 
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The one I fear the most is the one that incapacitates me from being able to end my life if I choose to do so. If that option is closed to me, then they are all equally fearsome. Typically, it not the illness or disease that robs one of that choice, but the care-giving circumstances that one is then forced into.
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:57 PM
 
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Huntington's Disease.

^ I also say Huntington's Disease; I'm kinda surprised it wasn't in the list.
Knowing a possible frame of when your body/brain functions will start to shut down is terrifying. Not to mention that there's no 100% cure, and the fact that many don't realize they have it and therefore pass it onto their children is life altering.
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