Here are some diseases that make pancreatic cancer sound too benign.
1- Ondine's Curse:
These patients have to voluntarily breathe, and if they forget to they will die. Again, they have to remember to breathe in order to survive. A lot of infants who have the disease just die when they fall asleep.
200 people in the world are currently alive with it, and many of them are adults. They breathe using a breathing machine.
2- Androgen insensitivity syndrome.
If you think you may have some difficulty determining the gender of a person, wait until you hear about this.
People affected with this syndrome are girls who are really beautiful, too feminine-looking, but once they reach puberty they do not have periods.
Externally they are women, they have breasts, a soft voice and no body hair. However they have XY gene, that's the male gene! So genetically they are males but their appearance is that of a female. What happens is that while they were developing in the uterus their body was not responsive to testosterone, and they remained that way. so their testicles shrunk and no penis developed because testosterone is necessary their development. They have no female genital tract (because they are males). Obviously they cannot have children (again, because they are males). This can cause some serious psychological issues!
3- Fatal Familial Insomnia:
This one really really sucks for many reasons. Awful. Awful. Patients look totally normal until they're 40 or 50, then this inherited disease starts showing up. Patient cannot sleep. That's it, they cannot sleep and this lasts sometimes for more than a year. A year without sleep! Eventually they become crazy and all of them die. There is no treatment, sleeping pills even make it worse. Everyone dies. What's worse is that the chance parents will pass it on to their kids is 50%, and because symptoms appear late most patients have already had kids by the time they know they have the disease.
It's worse for the kids, because by the time they're around 20 they know they have a 50-50 chance they'll get this horrible fatal disease in about 10-15 years. How would that feel?
That's the desire to have sex with corpses (dead people). Sometimes it's so severe that patients may kill people just to have sex with their corpses.
The sexual act was not banned up until 2003 in the UK, and it's still not considered illegal in many states in the US.
A lot of people have one form of fear (phobia) to something. People with panphobia have fears of everything. It's the mother of all fears. They have a persistent fear something very bad will happen and to be caused by anything or anyone around them.
After reading about it, I think I developed panphobiaphobia- that is the fear of developing this phobia. I totally made up the term.
These are the ones I could think of for now... ! I promise if I come across anything that will scare the living bejesus out of you I'll be more than happy to tell you about it.