September 28, 2003

A friend of ours is dying. Not a close friend, but someone we have both known, even if only casually, for a long time: I for over 10 years and Johan for almost 20. Yesterday Johan heard the diagnosis: Creutzfeld-Jacob’s disease. Which is terminal, incurable – there aren’t even any ways to alleviate the symtoms – and results first in dementia and then death. And the incubation time can be up to 50 years – our friend probably caught it when he was 12.

This sucks so bad there aren’t even words for it. I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like to get that diagnosis.


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