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Show Of Hands June 30th, 2013 1:46am

Would you want to know now if you were likely to develop a currently incurable disease such as Alzheimer's later in life?

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teamseth97 Florida
07/05/13 8:29 pm

I would want to know that way I can do the things I want to do before I no longer can.

jrrob CT
07/02/13 2:51 pm

At least if it was Alzheimer's, I would forget about it.

potatochip howdy
07/02/13 10:47 am

Hell no, why would you want to be depressed for the rest of the time you have left? Much better to let life run its course naturally.

07/01/13 11:51 pm

By the time that information would be useful I would have already forgotten.

leader77 California
07/01/13 9:22 pm

No, just live life to the fullest everyday.

Rotavele Alabama
07/01/13 12:32 pm

He'll no, preventative action is too expensive.

CassieH 15235
07/01/13 11:09 am

After watching GATTACA I can honestly say no

07/01/13 7:01 am

If you can't do anything about it, why would you want to know?

Kobejr Orlando, Fl
06/30/13 10:03 pm

I'd like to know so I know how much I'm still capable of doing while I still can. If I know I'm gonna be really sick I want to use my health to its potential while still possible. Live life to the fullest no fears!

chelseak24 Oklahoma
06/30/13 9:20 pm

Well I've already got a couple of incurable diseases, if I'm gonna get Alzheimer's too I don't wanna know.

rory82 Virginia
06/30/13 8:40 pm

You could find out spend time and money trying to find cures!!

06/30/13 6:15 pm

I would end up dying early from the heart condition I'd undeniably get from knowing the cause of my future demise.

06/30/13 5:47 pm

I would like to know, but not my health care provider or employer.

06/30/13 5:47 pm

^ Health care insurance provider

akrealist a log cabin in the woods
07/01/13 12:20 am

Well, the government, as managed by the IRS will soon know!

06/30/13 4:27 pm

I don't want to live in fear

jennamia Pennsylvania
06/30/13 4:19 pm

It would depend on the disease I guess

Jayseph Wasatch Front
06/30/13 4:06 pm

I said yes to maybe try delaying or preventing said disease.

katienana Columbia, SC
06/30/13 1:12 pm

My mom, 2 aunts and my gr'mom all had Alzheimer's. I was tested to see if I should take out more long term health care insurance and/or retire, travel before losing my memory. I don't have that factor (not + that I won't get it) but I'm glad I know.

brharper13 New York
06/30/13 7:18 pm

Note that there is medicine that can slow the progression of it. The sooner you start taking it the better! It's good that petite are being proactive about it though

icytoes the tepid north
06/30/13 12:04 pm

It depends - would knowing allow me to do anything to change or prepare for it? Then yes.
If there's nothing to be done about it, no.

mikeey1962 on SOH where else
06/30/13 12:01 pm

Pretty sure I got heart disease, and Alzheimer's, both sets of grand parents had them, if I don't get one of them I double dodged like 4 bullets

06/30/13 9:22 am

It wouldnt necessarily take away hope to know your at risk, but it has been proven that the more confident/hopeful you feel the more likely you are to recover from diseases like cancer, but I'd like to know to get my fill of whatever itd get in the way of(id go all over if it'd stop me l8r in life)

jenks76 Western Kentucky
06/30/13 9:02 am

If there is no way to prevent it or treat it I would rather enjoy life now and not worry about the future. You could die in many other ways and never develop the disease anyway.

06/30/13 7:51 am

Yes. So I could start researching it now, haha.

debob texas
06/30/13 7:49 am

Everyone needs hope. That would take it away.

leftyrightyguy3 Washington
06/30/13 1:55 pm

Um, you don't know Doctor who, don't you?

leftyrightyguy3 Washington
07/02/13 1:32 pm

It would only create a meaningless paradox

pcox104 Florida
06/30/13 5:51 am

You should just assume you're not going to always have good health, and love accordingly.

pcox104 Florida
06/30/13 5:52 am

Live accordingly**

But love works too!

paidert1 Columbus, Ohio
06/30/13 5:43 am

Financially, we're already "preparers". So knowing wouldn't help that. So all I would do is worry instead of living.

hippiedude fields of green
06/30/13 5:37 am

No because i would worry to much about when its going to hit me. Id rather just let it happen if or when it does

06/30/13 4:55 am

Enjoy life and don't worry about these things...there's no guarantee you'll even be here tomorrow

pcox104 Florida
06/30/13 5:56 am

Very true. I know I am not the only person who has been on deaths doorstep with no notice whatsoever. People cannot assume they will live to get married, have kids, graduate from school or be an old man. Those things are all gifts.

06/30/13 4:38 am

gives you time to prepare. MS runs in my family, when my uncle found out he would not be walking and doing things for himself in a few years, he worked and made arrangements to make sure he would be able to get by in his down years.

izck rural Illinois
06/30/13 3:35 am

With 3 generations of early onset Alzheimer's before me, I just locked in long term care insurance. Now I will take the genetic test. What I struggle with is how I might live my life differently knowing either way.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
06/30/13 12:58 am

Nope. Why bother worrying about it for decades when it's only a possibility? I'd rather live life as best as I can and have fun along the way.

AngryAngel Oswego, IL
06/30/13 12:21 am

No... I'd just forget in 40 years anyway.

06/30/13 12:07 am

Hell no. Knowing me I would just spend all my time worrying about it and freaking out every time I notice any symptoms.

AngryAngel Oswego, IL
06/30/13 12:22 am

Like every time someone walks into a room and forgot why they went in there, they'd think: "oh no! It's starting"

MonAmour Illinois
06/30/13 12:00 am

Yes I would hopefully be more driven to live each day to the fullest, so far this summer the farthest I've traveled is from the bed to the couch.

kailac VFL
06/29/13 11:23 pm

Alzheimer's is my actual fear in life. I'm terrified that I won't remember my life one day, and that scares me. So yes, I'd like to know, so I can preserve my memories so I can make sure I can look back on my life.

06/29/13 11:20 pm

Maybe it's because I work in estate law, but I would want to know so I could best plan my future. Both financially and emotionally.

NoRelation Arizona
06/29/13 10:52 pm

Honestly, no. I have bad cases id Alzheimers in my family and wish i didnt know. And if i was going to die of huntingtons or something similar, i wouldnt want to know. I dont want to know when i'll be taken from the work
Ld...mind or body.

NoRelation Arizona
06/29/13 10:53 pm

That was--world...mind or body.

nero101 Illinois
06/29/13 10:50 pm

Yes, so I can take steps to prevent or subdue it.

a5hlie Phoenix
06/29/13 10:47 pm

Knowing stuff like this can cause you to change the path you might have otherwise chosen in life. By avoiding one bad outcome, you can lead yourself straight to an even worse outcome. We are not supposed to play God. Everything happens for a reason.

06/29/13 10:21 pm

It's likely that I will develop Alzheimer's, my mom's mom had it. I'm not scared so much of it because she was so happy, always and everything was a new experience.

FollowYourBliss Never Happy, Ever After
06/29/13 10:21 pm

I'd want to know so I can make the best of the time I have left.

06/29/13 9:51 pm

I would worry about it day and night, so no.

gonk In a psychology textbook
06/29/13 9:48 pm

Yeah, so I'd know when to commit suicide. Or which super foods to start eating. Whatever...

06/29/13 9:23 pm

I don't see what purpose that would. No.

DamageInc California
06/29/13 9:04 pm

I would only want to know good news when it comes to future events.

06/29/13 9:02 pm

That could worry me too much so I wouldn't want to know...