fatal diseases

You know what’s the worst thing about the anti-vax movement?

nobody ever pointed out that people were choosing fatal diseases over autism.

anti-vax people would rather expose their child to mumps and measles than take the chance that they’d be neurodivergent.

A whole ton of people made it real clear that they’d rather have a dead kid than an autistic one

anonymous asked:

I'm writing a character that doesn't sleep until she literally can't stay awake and passes out from exhaustion, because she's afraid of sleeping. Are there any conditions that cause this and if someone is aware of the problem, how can they help her?

Oh, boy, Anon.  You have finally given me an excuse to talk about one of my favorite diseases.

So there’s this thing called “Fatal Familial Insomnia.” (FFI)  In short, you stop being able to sleep.  You go crazy.  Then you die.  

There are four stages to this disease:

  • 4 months - First, the character gets chronic insomnia.  They start getting paranoid, develop phobias, and begin having panic attacks.  They start experiencing severe physical symptoms (excessive sweating, constipation, etc.)
  • 5 months - The character begins having hallucinations and their panic attacks get much worse.
  • 3 months - The character rapidly loses weight and is completely unable to sleep.
  • Over the course of the next 6 months, the character develops dementia, becoming completely unresponsive and mute.  
  • Then they die.  Do not pass go, do not collect $200.  

There’s no cure.  Taking sleeping pills doesn’t work.  In fact, being sedated makes the disease worse, and shortens the time until death.  The only thing that’s even slightly helped someone with this disease is spending nights in complete sensory deprivation chambers.  Even then, they still died within a few years.

FFI is an incredibly rare disease, and it’s only found in about 40 families in the world - hence the “familial” part of the name.  Only about 100 people in the world today have tested positive for this disease.

So what causes such a horrifying thing?


What the fuck is a prion, you ask?

Well, it’s something that can spread an infectious disease, just like bacteria or viruses.  But prions are different in that they’re made from something that’s usually normal inside the body - a protein - that has just been made wrong.  And it begins to spread its wrongness to other proteins.  These proteins basically begin to eat holes in your character’s brain.


Some prion diseases are fairly well known, such as Mad Cow disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, kuru, and scrapie. But FFI will always be my favorite.

This is probably not what you wanted, but I will take any excuse I can to talk about this disease. >_> Prions are terrifying and awesome.  But mostly terrifying.

Even still, looking at the symptoms experienced by people with FFI, who have severe, long-term insomnia, might help you writing your character.  If that still isn’t what you’re looking for, I should have the Demystifying the DSM for Sleep Disorders (including insomnia) early-ish next year :).

Get some sleep, y’all.  WHILE YOU CAN.

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[ red roses ] ✧ kim doyoung

warnings: blood

pairing: doyoung x reader

genre: angst + fluff at the end

word count: 1,455

about: hanahaki disease!au + college!au 

note:  “The Hanahaki Disease is a fatal disease caused by unrequited love, where flowers bloom in your chest and forces your body to cough up petals and blood. The only cure is to have that love reciprocated, or to wipe away all one’s memories of their beloved person by surgery.

ps i have not edited this so its probably real shitty with lots of grammar mistakes forgiv m3 plz i’ll edit it by tomorrow xoxo

“ I love you and it’s killing me “

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How BTS Reacts To You Being Diagnosed With A Potentially Fatal Disease

This wasn’t requested but I felt I should post something and writing things like this is supposed to be therapeutic for me. Sorry it’s sort of sad. Hope you enjoy anyways!

PS I don’t know how to feel about the Jungkook gif so sorry if it doesn’t match the reaction too well.

Warnings: Possibility of death/possibly fatal illness

Rap Monster:

Namjoon would likely know that this was coming, being perceptive and smart; especially if you showed symptoms or had been going to the hospital lately for tests. That still wouldn’t make it a lot easier for him, despite him preparing himself for this situation mentally in case it happened. When you pull him aside to tell him what’s going on he would already have a speech planned and would know how to move forward but he would find the pain in his heart difficult to deal with and probably feel like crying; though he’d do his best to stay strong for you (see gif). He’d want to be a rock for you and try to take care of everything so you wouldn’t have to; finding out treatment options and presenting them to you, organizing the necessary course of action to take if the disease really did prove to be fatal and making sure to use all his free time on you.

Originally posted by ayoyoongi


Seokjin would sort of be the opposite of Namjoon in the sense that even if there were previous signs of the disease or he knew something was wrong, he wouldn’t have been ready for the fact that you’d possibly die due to it. He would be too positive to think that way, sure that whatever was going on was something you could recover from. You telling him your diagnosis would make him freeze. He’d simply stare at you for a while, taking a moment to process the fact that you could be stolen from him just because of a stupid illness. He’d ask you a few questions so he could understand everything, staying more or less calm since it wouldn’t have fully sunken in yet. Eventually it would hit him though and his heart would feel like it was being squeezed to the point of near stopping. He would cry, a few tears rolling down his cheek silently but he probably wouldn’t let you see by hugging you and reassuring you that everything would be fine- you would be fine. If you saw his tears, he’d just smile at you, trying to tell you not to worry about him; that it was about you right now.

Originally posted by nelliel66


Yoongi would also be a member who would be more likely to see it coming but he’d distract himself each time the thought came to mind. When you finally tell him, he’d probably not say much; he’d simply nod and tell you almost emotionlessly to let him know if you needed anything. There would be a lot going on inside but he’d keep still outwardly, looking generally thoughtful about the whole thing. He’d, like Namjoon, want to be a rock and wouldn’t allow himself any tears around you. He’d want to stay strong so you’d feel like you could always count on him. He’d also know that if he let himself break, it will be so much harder to put himself back together and he couldn’t do that to you right now, not when you needed him.

Originally posted by yooingi


Hoseok would be the first to flat out cry. He wouldn’t want to believe it but he’d know that you didn’t need him to be in denial. When you’d first tell him, he would stare at you for a moment before his eyes welled up, shedding some tears for the both of you- for him who might lose you and for you who might die. It would take him a little while until he could speak again, forming words you could properly understand. When he finally does, it would probably be words of grief. “I’m sorry,” he would tell you, not knowing what else to really say. Of course, he would be there for you but that wouldn’t feel like enough to him and that would make him cry even more. It would hurt him a lot to know that he couldn’t save you and that you might not be able to save yourself.

Originally posted by jhopingforhoseok


Jimin would know what was coming and would try to stop you from saying it; as if you would be healthy if the words weren’t spoken aloud. He’d shake his head at you, face serious (see gif) and voice steady, though it’d be on the edge of breaking. “Don’t-” he’d say, begging you not to tell him what he already knew, “You can’t-”. He’d almost short circuit, his usual cheery attitude going out the window in his desperation to not hear the bad news. He wouldn’t want to listen, wouldn’t want to think about losing you. He wouldn’t shout, he’d be scarily quiet instead. Later, of course, he’d hear what you had to say but right away he wouldn’t let you tell him that you might be dying, for fear of shattering right then and there.

Originally posted by infinitblaq

Ignore Jin


Taehyung would try not to cry when you tell him, eyes tearing up as he looks at you sadly; immediately accepting it but not liking it. He probably wouldn’t say much, knowing that his usual jokes or speeches that he uses when someone is down won’t work in this situation. He’d probably comfort you physically instead, pulling you into a tight hug and rubbing your back. Afterwards he’d stay with you until you fell asleep, no matter what time of day you had told him, but wouldn’t sleep himself. His mind would be too full on how to help you and how to make your last days your best days, if they were indeed your last. He’d have a quiet sadness about him, like someone who’s old and has lost too many people. I feel like he’d understand your pain better than any of the others and he’d use that to help him take away as much of it as he could.

Originally posted by vminv


Jungkook is another one that would cry. He would try so hard not to when he heard the news but eventually he wouldn’t be able to hold back anymore and the tears would start. Despite this, he’d probably be one of the most mature members in how he reacted, his tears simply falling for you and all you must be going through. It would hurt him so much to know that you had to deal with this, with the pain and the uncertainty of knowing if you would make it. He would not think of himself once when you first let him know what’s going on, too worried about you and how you’re feeling. He would even feel bad about crying later, internally hitting himself because he would think it wasn’t helpful or he was making things harder for you somehow. From then on he’d make sure that it was about you, that all his efforts were focused on making you feel better.

Originally posted by baebsaes

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The Signs as Fatal Diseases

Aries - Familial Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Taurus - Necrotising Fasciitis (Flesh-eating virus)

Gemini - Fatal Familial Insomnia

Cancer - Meningococcal disease / cerebrospinal meningitis

Leo - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Virgo - Bubonic plague (Black Death)

Libra - Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

Scorpio - Diarrhea

Sagittarius - Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker Syndrome 

Capricorn - Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

Aquarius - Ebola 

Pisces - Cholera

Sorry but this is in my head now

Ever since For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky, Bones won’t let up about his cured xenopolycythemia

“Shut up, Spock, you’re killin’ me. You and my dormant xenopolycythemia.”

“Jim, you’re sick, get into med bay! If you don’t let me treat it, it’ll get worse. Not as bad as my xenopolycythemia, but still.”

“I can’t seem to stay on top of my paperwork, Nurse. Not since… my xenopolycythemia.”

“Captain, I’m calling in sick. I seem to have contracted a rare disease called xenopolycythemia.”

“Mister Spock, your green blood cells are doing some of the weirdest things I’ve seen since my bout of xenopolycythemia.”

“What have I done lately? Well, I’ve recovered from the previously incurable, fatal disease xenopol-”



“It was two god damned years ago, Bones!”


Prayer Request

 Hello Catholic bloggers. I am tagging because I don’t think I’m in y’alls sphere. I’m not Catholic. I guess I’m discerning. I watch you all from afar and greatly enjoy your posts. My family is having a crisis at the moment. It may seem silly, but it is a crisis for us. We had 5 cats this morning. One of them passed away due to a contagious, incurable, and fatal disease (FIP). All the rest of the cats are now at risk and the closest thing to treatment is to get a vaccine (which only somewhat works at the best of times, but this will be after they’re already exposed). They are what shape our day and give our lives so much joy. The remaining four are all young adults and still have so many years to live and enjoy and explore. Please pray that they do not get this virus (especially Tilda who is the only one looking less an optimum at the moment). It’s a bit like chicken pox – exposure can make them 100% immune against it forever, or it could make them a carrier, or it could be fatal. We could lose all of our pets. Their names are Tilda, Victoria, Arthur, and Indy. The kitten who passed away was Noctis and he was 5 months old and we found him on the street a month ago. @brideofchrist95 @madameliberty @patron-saint-of-smart-asses @alwaysabeautifullife @caffeinatedcatholic @romancatholicgirl @catholic-grey-warden @iloveyoumorethancoffee

Dating with CF

I’m twenty years old, so like most people in their early twenties I like to meet new people, go on dates, and potentially find someone I would like to have a real relationship with. As everyone knows, the first couple of dates with someone new is a lot of getting to know each other. Asking about their hobbies, interests, family, goals, friends, and other things that make them who they are. However, when you live with a chronic and fatal illness like Cystic Fibrosis, a lot of those topics are influenced by living with the illness. Most people don’t just assume you’re sick and ask questions about it. 

Then it becomes a struggle of:  “when do I tell this person I am sick?” “how do I tell them?” “what do I say?” “how can I make sure they know how serious it is without scaring them off?” 

I have recently started dating a guy who I met through my older brother. He knows I have CF, but I’m not sure of what details he truly knows about the disease. He knows the basics of my lungs suck, keep me away from any kind of smoke, I have to eat a lot, and I do breathing treatments. Things get more difficult when I want to share this aspect of my life with him, but don’t know how to do so in a way that doesn’t come off as being a forced conversation or scaring him off.

I’ve had relationships end badly in the past because they couldn’t handle the idea of dating “the sick girl.” They put a timestamp on our relationship assuming I won’t live long enough to have children and grow old together. It hurts. Putting yourself out there is difficult for everyone, but especially when you come with the amount of baggage CF can be. 

Doctors and specialists prepare you for the downfall of CF on the medical side of it. They’ll prepare you for what to expect as the disease progresses, you become immune to antibiotics, a lung transplant is needed, exc. However, no one prepares you for the social aspect of it. Trying to live a normal life with this debilitating illness weighing overhead. No one tells you the best way to break the news to new friends or loved ones- how to properly give them the information without them thinking you’re a death wish. 

Of corse everyone is different and will react to news differently- so there is never one right way of telling someone about CF. Here’s to hoping people we meet or date will see us as more than our Cystic Fibrosis. 


don’t ever make fun of someone who always thinking they’re ill. having this fucking sucks. every headache makes you think you have a brain tumor and same goes with sore throat, stomach ache, cramps. hot flashes? scarlet fever. hearing noises at night? exploding head syndrome, or maybe developing schizophrenia? every thing is a fatal disease. always believing that in any moment in time you could drop causes so much anxiety. so don’t add to the burden by telling someone it’s all in their head.

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02/02/2017 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Thursday) : The Task Force chases an elusive assassin who kills by imparting a fatal disease on her victims. Meanwhile, Red (James Spader) enlists Tom (Ryan Eggold) for an undercover operation inside his criminal organization.

Note that 1/26 lists a “repeat” TBA instead of an original episode

it makes me so upset that pads are generally labelled as dirty, unhygienic, or for little kids. sure, it requires more cleanup, but if we’re talking pads v. tampons, only one of those can give you a fatal disease! and some people just cannot do penetration. hell, i like penetration in a sexual context, but that doesn’t make shoving a wad of dry cotton in my **** any easier. why can’t we just leave our options open and stop mocking people for choosing the “wrong” one

Will Solace's new power

K so in “The Hidden Oracle”, Apollo has the ability to cast diseases on people, deadly ones even. And do you know what happens to people who get fatal diseases? THEY DIE! Sooo, since Nico is son of Hades, god of the dead, that would explain why Will has a thing for people with dead powers. Also, Apollo has stated that he and Hades have worked together on several occasions. Does that mean that Will and Nico could become a Deadly Duo and unleash dangerous forms of death and plagues??!!

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic and ultimately fatal disease characterized by a progressive decline in lung function. The term pulmonary fibrosis means scarring of lung tissue and is the cause of worsening dyspnea (shortness of breath). Fibrosis is usually associated with a poor prognosis.

The term idiopathic is used because the cause of pulmonary fibrosis is still unknown. IPF usually occurs in adult individuals of between 50 and 70 years of age, particularly those with a history of cigarette smoking, and affects more men than women.

  • Signs and symptoms

In many patients, symptoms are present for a considerable time before diagnosis. The most common clinical features of IPF include the following: dry, non-productive cough on exertion; progressive exertional dyspnea (shortness of breath with exercise); dry, inspiratory bibasilar “velcro-like” crackles on auscultation (a crackling sound in the lungs during inhalation similar to Velcro being torn apart slowly, heard with a stethoscope); clubbing of the digits, a disfigurement of the finger tips or toes; abnormal pulmonary function test results, with evidence of restriction and impaired gas exchange. These features are due to chronic oxygen deficiency in blood.

  • Diagnosis

If IPF is suspected, diagnosis can be challenging but a multidisciplinary approach involving a pulmonologist, radiologist and pathologist expert in interstitial lung disease has been shown to improve the accuracy of IPF diagnosis. Currently, a diagnosis of IPF requires:

  • Exclusion of known causes of ILD, e.g., domestic and occupational environmental exposures, connective tissue disorders, or drug exposure/toxicity
  • The presence of a typical radiological UIP pattern on HRCT.

Typical HRCT of the chest of IPF demonstrates fibrotic changes in both lungs, with a predilection for the bases and the periphery and it can identify UIP by the presence of:

  1. Reticular opacities, often associated with traction bronchiectasis
  2. Honeycombing manifested as cluster cystic airspaces, typically of comparable diameters (3–10 mm) but occasionally large. Usually sub-pleural and characterized by well-defined walls and disposed in at least two lines. Generally one line of cysts is not sufficient to define honeycombing
  3. Ground-glass opacities are common but less extensive than the reticulation
  4. Distribution characteristically basal and peripheral though often patchy.
  • Treatment

Fibrosis is usually associated with a poor prognosis. A number of treatments have been investigated in the past for IPF, including interferon gamma-1β, bosentan, ambrisentan, and anticoagulants, but these are no longer considered effective treatment options. Many of these earlier studies were based on the hypothesis that IPF is an inflammatory disorder.


The way his hair and the camera hides his eye there, plus how he looks WAY too close to the Eye in season 5, makes me wonder if Kaiba could wield the Millennium Eye.

I think he could’ve, especially if something happened to Mokuba :( i get the feeling all of the Items, for the most part, could only be wielded by those who had suffered or harbored deep negative feelings, like loss or guilt. Since they were born from senseless tragedy and evil maybe their wielders had to have glimpsed tragedy and evil before they could use them.

Yugi: Got bullied on a daily basis, had no friends besides Tea
Ryou: Lost his sister and mother in an accident, basically lived alone, the few friends he had got trapped in RPG figurines
Pegasus: Lost Cecelia to a fatal disease, and could no longer paint
Marik: Got hurt so badly he created Yami Marik to deal with things, then chose a life of evil
Ishizu: Had to deal with both losing Marik to evil and Odion choosing Marik’s side
Shadi: Has been dead for 3000-5000 years and, through his scales, was able to see EXACTLY how much a person’s soul was worth against the darkness

Saint S’en the Preserver

A handwritten excerpt from a copy of “Lives of the Saints” found in the small Temple of the Grey Quarter;

If you were to learn hope and perseverance, follow Saint S’en the Preserver, patron of Refugees and the Lost. A healer and a nomad, Saint S’en saved the lives of hundreds during the Red Year and guided our people to safety. Burdened with a fatal disease, she dedicated the remaining years of her life to aid us when all seemed lost.

During the final years of her life, S’en Llevaros used her knowledge of the coming calamity of the Red Year to begin her efforts to help prevent the loss of life. Though these efforts were initially fruitless, S’en found more success after the fall of Baar Dau and the eruption of Red Mountain. Capable of incredible feats of healing and possessing unusual abilities, S’en was able to aid and guide countless refugees and fugitives out of the chaos of disaster and war and to relative safety. Though not a Saint in the eyes of the proper Tribunal Temple, she is heralded as one to the people she aided and to the generations after. Her name is evoked within the refugee pockets in Morrowind and the areas surrounding; the Grey Quarter being one of these places. 

The Most Beautiful Moment In Life Explained


In this post I’m going to explain I Need U, Run, and The Prologue (plus some other things BigHit has released within this arc). If you haven’t seen these yet stop reading and go watch them!

Now, onto the explanation!

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The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater

“Consumption of troll liver is linked to a number of rare, incurable, and fatal diseases which infect and afflict the think pan and smooth muscle tissue, leading to slow, agonizing death.”

The tape measure wraps around a gray bicep, then slips away to hug Karkat’s chest.

“Cool story.”

“Prolapsed waste chutes and internal bleeding are not uncommon, although you’re more likely to die from heart failure or an aneurysm after a short bout of complete memory loss and insanity.”

“So a Prion disease.” The waist, now. My hands linger. “Humans get those from eating brains, but the liver is considered a delicacy by the more refined cannibals.”

“That’s why I’m warning you.”

“I’m not going to eat you, Karkat. That’s some Silence of the Lambs shit. I hated that movie.”

“I know.”

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