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(USA Today)   Hmmm, do I want to suffer Alzheimer's or cancer? That's a tough question, especially since I don't remember what it was. Who are you again?   (usatoday.com ) divider line
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2013-07-11 09:10:28 AM  
My uncle's second wife is more than 30 years younger than he is. We thought for years that she was just a ditz. She was not just a ditz. She had early-onset Alzheimer's. She's in her early 50s and at this point she's so minimally functional that she can't even put her own shoes on. She doesn't recognize her husband or her children, but he still sits with her all day, every day. My uncle's arms are covered with scratches and bites from her bad days and it's only a matter of time before her care will be beyond his ability.

My point is, Alzheimer's is one of the saddest things that can happen to a human being and if you even THINK someone's mental function is deteriorating, you really should speak up about it.
 
2013-07-11 10:01:34 AM  
Sorta still a funny joke. Well, unless you have either one.
 
2013-07-11 10:14:15 AM  
Didn't RTFA, but to answer your question, I'll take cancer if it'll guarantee I never get Alzheimer's. There is no seemingly-random disease I can think of (and please do not provide suggestions) that terrifies me more than the loss of self.
 
2013-07-11 10:27:16 AM  
Honestly, depending on when I get it? Cancer. Alzheimers scares the SHIAT out of me. Dying before your body realizes you've died.

However, I'd much, much prefer go go like my Great Grandfather, who lived to be 102, and rather than dying of a lingering illness in a nursing home, he worked until the day he died (He had the health of most people in their 70's, and his work/job was helping folks as a tax preparer), and he simply dropped dead of a heart attack.
 
2013-07-11 10:40:00 AM  
My grandmother has both, so fark you.
 
2013-07-11 11:00:15 AM  
This screws up one of my favorite jokes. A guy goes to see his doctor and the doctor says "I have bad news and I have worse news." The guy says "What's the bad news?" and the doctor answers "You have cancer." The guy asks "What's the worse news?" and the doctor says "You have Alzheimer's disease." The guy says "Well at least I don't have cancer."
 
2013-07-11 11:01:25 AM  

Felgraf: Honestly, depending on when I get it? Cancer. Alzheimers scares the SHIAT out of me. Dying before your body realizes you've died.

However, I'd much, much prefer go go like my Great Grandfather, who lived to be 102, and rather than dying of a lingering illness in a nursing home, he worked until the day he died (He had the health of most people in their 70's, and his work/job was helping folks as a tax preparer), and he simply dropped dead of a heart attack.


I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather, not screaming in terror, like the passengers in his car.
 
2013-07-11 12:42:46 PM  
Cancer is the way to go.

My grandmother doesn't know where she is or what year it is most of the time.
 
2013-07-11 01:13:51 PM  
so if you got cancer and alzheimers, do you get super powers?
 
2013-07-11 07:39:38 PM  
Grey hair.
A study found that most patients suffering from alzheimer have grey hair while, on the other hand, most of the cancer patient didn't have (the chance to get old enough to grow) any.

Thanks, NSS Institute.

/one aunt died of th A after surviving the C.
 
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