Which is better for a novel?

I'm writing a story for school and the main character is supposed to have a terminal disease so which would make a better story?

-Leukemia (which is used alot in stories)

-Cystic Fibrosis or

-Fibromyalgia (can it kill you?)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Cystic Fibrosis. It's not as well known, so it could open some people's eyes that way that Leukemia has due to it's popular usage

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Fibromyalgia is not lethal.

    Cystic fibrosis is lethal but usually the victims live until 25 or so. A story about such a disease victim would be an unending round of coughing, hacking, respiratory therapy interventions, hospitalizations, and so on.

    Cancer provides more possibilities because some of them spontaneously remit. Also, there are hundreds of kinds of cancer (you should read up a little on the one you choose for your story). Human Papilloma Virus causes cervical and penile cancer, so you could write a morality tale about this, driving home the point that people need to use condoms.

    Source(s): Retired nurse
  • 1 decade ago

    If you want your character to have a terminal disease, don't use cancer simply because remission is possible with most cancers. You could go with Pancreatic cancer (because once its symptoms are identified, it's usually too late) but be prepared for your character to deal with a great deal of pain and wasting away. Brain cancer is a bit of a cliche, and not always terminal.

    Cystic Fibrosis patients have a markedly decreased life expectancy (20-25 ish) so that might work, but there are a lot of complications with daily life and you'd have to do a good bit of research to make it credible.

    You might try Multiple sclerosis, which isn't terminal per se but certainly extremely disabling. It's an autoimmune neurological disease where the body attacks its own nervous system, slowly causing a variety of physical and mental disabilities. This might be a good option for you simply because of the wide range of plausible symptoms, which can range from muscle weakness, ataxia (balance problems), muscle spasms, difficulty swallowing, depression and mood instability, fatigue, and chronic pain.

    Spina Bifida, while not necessarily terminal

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    My mom has had fibromyalgia, and it really sucks some days, but I'm pretty sure it can't kill you. Use cystic fibrosis- it's totally sad and not as used as leukemia. Just make sure you do your research! :) Good luck!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I think Cystic Fibrosis would be cool to use. It would pretty easy to work with and it isn't as common.

    Hope this Helped

    :-)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Leukemia, people no more about it so it's more "popular" among diseases.. Especially amongst young children if you're doing your story on a kid.

  • 1 decade ago

    Leukemia it's more widely known, and a devastating disease.

  • 1 decade ago

    One that's not too complicated, so that you can easily understand the symptoms, complications, and treatment. Research all of that before writing your story to make it sound believable.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    None of those - look up something rare to use. It will show the teacher you did some real research for the story

  • 1 decade ago

    Fibromyalgia thats an intresting name.

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