Top 10 Worst Diseases
My grandpa died of cancer. When he was diagnosed with cancer, all I could do was cry. The last time I saw him was at the hospital, surrounded by cables. The next day, I hoped he was getting better. But he wasn't. He never got better. I was so depressed I didn't go to his funeral. I hate cancer so much. I still wish that there are better treatments for it. I don't want to lose someone again.
Cancer seems terrifying. Thankfully, I don't have it, but my gym teacher did. She had breast cancer, but thank God she survived. I lost my grandma to cancer, and she died 36 years before I was born. Then, I lost my uncle to lung cancer, leaving behind two sons and his wife. Cancer is probably the most deadly because it destroys the body's cells and then attacks other body parts. Cancer truly is the worst on this list.
My grandmother has cancer. It used to be really terrible sometimes. She's just so tired all the time, but now she's switched from chemotherapy to mistletoe therapy and she's doing lots better. When she first got the cancer, I was 9. Now I'm 11, and she's living life to the full. I'm hoping she will go into remission soon. Fingers crossed.
The worst thing about it is that you don't know if you have AIDS until your immune system is almost or completely destroyed. So AIDS can basically weaken your body so that a mere cold can kill you.
Tens of millions of people killed by it. It can't be cured. Besides sexual contact, it can be spread through needles. The most heavily affected country is South Africa. Be careful.
AIDS is horrible. Once you have it, it NEVER goes away. Cancer is more deadly, but AIDS stays with you forever.
I really think Ebola is bad. Possibly, you can die in just 2 hours once you get it. Now there is a cure though: Black seeds and honey. In Africa, the sickness is spreading. I hope everyone gets cured. I consider Ebola worse than cancer. I mean, with cancer, you have better chances of surviving. Ebola?! I don't know if people agree with me. You know in the Islamic religion, Mohammed said that black seeds and honey are the cure for every sickness but death. That could be the cure for AIDS as well.
I must be really brave - I've read The Hot Zone while eating despite all the blood and gore of it. Ebola seems not only to be extremely lethal, but it also seems to be quite fascinating. But of course, I always find the more deadly germs/diseases more interesting than the milder ones.
Don't forget Ebola's sibling, Marburg - it's not as deadly as Ebola, but it still has a very high mortality rate and the same sort of symptoms. Nice or what?
Let me paint a picture for you: one day, you go to pick up a pencil, but you realize you're having a difficult time holding it. Eventually, you realize you're having a hard time holding your fork to get food to your mouth. You start having trouble walking, so you need a cane to be able to walk. However, sooner rather than later, you are no longer able to walk even with the help of a cane. Your voice starts to fade as you find it difficult to talk. The only thing you can do at this point is ask for people to take care of things like taking you to the bathroom or feeding you. Even then, seemingly in the blink of an eye, you are no longer able to swallow food. Being able to say one word becomes nearly impossible. Unable to speak, eat, or walk, the last thing you are finally unable to do is to breathe. And this is how ALS kills you. It takes everything from you that makes you human. It leaves you with nothing. So yes, this is my vote for the worst disease known to man. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
This disease is literally terrifying. You have agonizing pain, you lose your grip on reality and become basically crazy, you're terrified of water and breeze, foam at the mouth and choke on your own saliva, but the worst part is if you contract it without a vaccination and don't get help in time, there is nothing you can do but wait until you slowly die.
Everything else on this list has some kind of redeeming quality. Cancer can be treated and even cured. Ebola lasts no more than a few days. AIDS and conditions like Parkinson's can be somewhat managed by medication. With rabies, there are no redeeming qualities. It is a slow agonizing death that lasts for days or weeks. Once your symptoms start showing up, there is no cure or treatment. The disease causes intense physical pain but has an unparalleled emotional component that causes even the most rational human being to lose their grip on reality and devolve into being a rabid animal.
It must be devastating to slowly forget everything and lose your ability to cognitively function. I would rather get euthanasia than suffer through this. Forgetting your family, your friends... I wouldn't wish this on anyone.
My friend has a grandmother going through this. His grandmother has dementia, and on the day of his grandfather's funeral, she didn't know what was going on. Just told them they had to be quiet because otherwise, the Russians would find them. And that her dad locked the barn so they wouldn't find them. (She grew up in Germany during WWII).
She would ask for her husband a few times, and my friend would tell her that he went for a walk. They would just make stuff up every time because immediately she'd forget it.
Then, when they were at the cemetery during the ceremony, when she saw the picture of her dead husband, she realized finally what was going on. She realized the man she loved for 60 years had died.
And 5 minutes later, she was back to normal. The man she loved for 60 years, he didn't exist anymore. He never existed. Erased from her memory.
And she was back in the barn, hiding. Being quiet so the Russians wouldn't find her.
Prion diseases such as this one will always terrify me. Fatal Familial Insomnia is an extremely rare genetic disorder that causes progressive insomnia and dementia until the person dies, usually within 18 months from the onset of symptoms. FFI is autosomal dominant, so if any of your relatives have had this disease, you have a 50/50 chance of also having it.
There's a reason why this is said to be the worst disease you could possibly get. Being diagnosed with this horror must be the most terrifying feeling ever as it's completely incurable as of now - what's worse than being doomed to slowly die, facing paranoia, hallucinations and dementia along the way?
Fatal Familial Insomnia. What can I say. It's incurable as of now, paranoia, insomnia, dementia... it's a horror. The lack of sleep will drive you mad, insane, make you hallucinate, and slowly drain the life out of you as your touch with the world and people around you is lost. Utterly Horrific.
I have a severe case of schizophrenia. I experience really scary hallucinations involving all five senses, which are just as vivid as reality. The voices, in particular, are tormenting, derogatory, and frightening, often yelling, screaming, and commanding me to harm myself and instructing me on how to do it. I frequently feel trapped, believing I will lose everything due to plots against me, being poisoned, or similar scenarios. The antipsychotic medication I take is harmful to my brain and body, although without it, I would likely be hospitalized long-term. Even with the medication, I still experience symptoms as well as side effects. I cannot rely on my senses, thoughts, or emotions to provide accurate information about other people or the world around me. I have gained over 100 pounds from the medication, and I suffer from parkinsonian side effects and other health issues, not just from the medication but also from the disease itself. There is a significant amount of stigma surrounding schizophrenia, and there is a lack of support available.
I've had the real Diabetes (type 1) for over ten years now. Since I was seventeen, I've been injecting myself on average 5 - 6 times a day and pricking my fingers and forcing blood out of the end to test the sugar content of my blood. If I tally the total number of injections, then I would estimate it to be almost 19,000. Now remember that in those ten years I have not had a day off. Every day, more injections, into already bruised parts of my body. The bruising never goes away, the humiliation of your own body turning against you and coming very close to killing you is too much. I've woken from the warped nightmares of hypoglycemic comas more times than I can remember, and every new day is a test to prevent the next episode from being the last. There is no end to this disease. It will get you eventually.
I've had diabetes since two weeks after my first birthday, and I wouldn't wish this on the worst person on earth. I've taken over two hundred thousand needles from it and have three diseases caused by it. I have developed chronic depression due to hating my life with it and extreme anxiety from being bullied as a child for having it. My body is just a big pin cushion, and I'm covered in scar tissue. When my bloods are low, I hallucinate, and when they're high, I feel so much pain that I want to die. It's the reason behind five suicide attempts and the reason I have to go to therapy.
I've lost two aunts to diabetes, and my third is in the hospital, blind, paralyzed, with kidney failure from it. I've died four times and I'm not even twenty-one. There is no cure for it, and my children have a fifty-percent chance of getting it. It weakens my body to the point that a small shove will bruise me, and I'll get sick at just the tiniest thing. Cancer at least has a cure, and it gets publicity for how bad it is. There are four types of diabetes, and most people assume there is only type two and assume it's caused by being fat and blame us for it. I was diagnosed at one year old, and I was a small, skinny little baby.
It may not be the strongest, but in terms of how many people it kills, Malaria is a disease that might as well just have been created by the Grim Reaper. Of all the humans who died, it is believed that about 50% of their deaths were attributed to Malaria. So to put things into context, the animal that causes more human deaths than any other isn't elephants, not crocodiles, not hippos, not even the HUMANS themselves. It's mosquitoes. They cause more than a million deaths every year. Let the embarrassment sink in.
Even though there are tablets against this, many people who cannot afford these drugs easily die of malaria. It is worse than any other disease because the parasite injects the disease in without you knowing so you could get it and still not know.
Guys... Half of the people who have ever died have died from malaria. All should vote this as number 1 unless you're voting based on how much it ruins your life.
I know that there are lots of other scary diseases out there, but in my opinion, "The Black Death" has to be #1 out of all of them if you were to do research on how exactly this horrifying disease would kill you. (Warning: there are THREE different strains of this disease, and if you were to get every single one of those strains at once, you'd literally decompose while you're still alive!).
Yellow fever would be #2 worst disease in my opinion regarding the symptoms because it is basically "The Black Death" just without the formation of the buboes.
And Ebola would be the third worst disease in my opinion regarding the symptoms.
I know this old couple that was on Monsters Inside Me that had the Bubonic Plague. They live in Arizona and are okay now (THANK GOD). They got the disease from a FLEA. A FLEA. It scared me so much when I was at the hospital with them. The doctors refused to let me in, so I couldn't see them. I'm just so glad that they survived...
My grandfather died of this disease. There is a sort of cure. If you fight and they get the dosage right, then you live longer. It's a genetic thing and is actually passed through the mother, but normally, a man gets it. Early signs are hands shaking when you sit down and aren't doing things with your hands. I watched a man who could put me on his shoulders and laugh all day die on a hospital bed in a coma-like state. He wasn't even alive long enough for the doctors to figure it out. It's bad, really bad.
The victims of the disease are not at fault for their condition and there is no cure, only symptom management, as far as I know. I don't know why rabies is ranked higher/worse than this. But then again there is a lot I don't know.
It makes you scared to walk, and you freak out around people as you think they may crash into you. Small children who used to be a delight to watch are now a constant threat. They may trip you.
Yeah it sounds like the worst, losing up to 2 gallons of water a day through diarrhea and if that wasn't bad enough if you aren't hooked up to an IV the salt shock will kill you before the dehydration does.
The scientist who found out the cure tested it by actually infecting himself with cholera. Obviously, it worked, or else there wouldn't be a cure. That takes guts.
They have found a cure for it, but you can only get it in North America.
I have Huntington's disease. I've watched my family members deteriorate in front of me. I am 29, diagnosed at 24. My CAG repeat is considered high.
I was told it's terminal. I am also constantly refused government assistance, even though it affects my abilities to work, think, and function as a regular part of society.
My biggest struggle is getting the assistance I need to provide for myself: health coverage, food, etc.
Not to mention, I've been caring for my father who is 64 and has progressed through dementia. I still can't get a home to accept him due to his own lack of lifetime income or savings. He never worked.
I've never felt more alone or helpless.
I watched my mother deteriorate over 17 years before this destructive cruel disease killed her off. Now I am watching the same thing happen to my younger sister and it's heartbreaking. She can only lie down day and night and is now starting to choke even on the milkshakes she can only feed on. She will soon have a tube through her stomach to feed her. This disease affects the nervous system and shrinks the brain. No one can be cured from this. It is a slow and awful way to die.
How is schizophrenia above this?
It's an often fatal disease that spreads like wildfire!
Worst disease in my book. Have you seen the pictures!
Killed one third of the people that got it.
Epilepsy turned my friend's neighbor into a vegetable with no memory, cognitive abilities, and mobility. Every time after an attack, he is pretty much a newborn child, you have to learn everything again, and he has these attacks on a daily basis. He actually used to be a really smart person before epilepsy. It's horrible when you come to think how such a disease can turn a person into a nobody. Sounds rough, but it's just like that.
Heartbreaking disease that people of all ages, races, and genders can have, whether from genetics to a lack of oxygen in the brain at birth, severe head injuries, or as the result of neurological damage from brain tumors and strokes. The thought of your own brain turning against you and causing you to do things out of your control is terrifying, and sadly most people with this disease can end up severely injured.
I knew a 30-year-old who died from a seizure during his sleep three months ago. He got epilepsy from a serious head injury as a child. Every day was a million times harder for him, and a challenge getting through day after day. People were shocked after he died that you could die from a seizure. They didn't realize you can die from a seizure. My aunt has epilepsy also.
People underestimate this disease. It is VERY bad and serious. I learned that the hard way.
Even a great country like Japan got infected with this disease. Screw this one.
I got bit by a mosquito in Brazil and caught this. Thank God that I am still here.
I'm glad that my dad recently took a vaccination for yellow fever.
It's irrational fears, and it is bad. Untreated, it can kill thousands of people.
Crohn's Disease is a traumatic illness because of its unrelenting pain driven inward, for the symptoms rarely are visible from the outside. As a sixteen-year-old female, I dropped forty pounds in only a few short months, and my entire body was rendered weak and immobile at a mere 87 pounds. The pain from a Crohn's-induced stricture felt like that of a labor contraction that lasted for over a month. After being admitted to a hospital and undergoing surgery for an ostomy (intestines pulled through the abdominal wall and attached to an outer bag), I attest to the humility this disease has put me through, sentencing me to wear a poop bag. Not only that, but sepsis from undergoing an ileostomy that came unstitched (the most risky surgery in itself, above even a heart transplant) left me in unbearable pain to the point of sedation, even for someone like me who has an extremely high pain tolerance! It suppresses one's strength, causing weakness, arthritis, anemia, fatigue, blotchiness, paleness, malnourishment, loss of appetite, feverishness, bloating, severe immobilizing cramps, vomiting, a quickened heart rate, anxiety, depression, and painful episodes with uncontrollable bloody diarrhea.
This disease has no causes, no preventions, no treatment, and no warnings. If you get it, you will not know it. If your friend gets it, they will not know it, and neither will you.
Basically, you die when you sleep. Don't search this disease up, just don't. It'll keep you up at night.
I also got tetanus.