Chris: Do they actually say itís cancer? I know that they say Lionel has a liver disease, but I assumed that was because the only thing we have ever seen him ingesting is single malt scotch.
David: I just assumed, what with the skeletal appearance and the specificity of the liver. Wikipedia just says ďterminal liver disease,Ē though, so I guess Iím wrong.
Chris: Heís contracted a severe case of MacGuffinís Disease! The only cure is an infusion of Deus ex Machina, but where will we be able to find that on Smallville?!
As a subplot, Spleen's brother, Burnt, has a horrible disease with absolutely no physical symptoms except that it causes him to become somewhat moody.
- W Bruce Cameron, Eight Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter (the book, not the Sitcom)
Matthew: Yeah, I need come up with some new wheelchair jokes. After all, I'm here for life.
(Wearing a full body caste and oxygen mask): What's the matter with you guys?
Um, we've got some head trauma and internal bleeding.
Well, some guys have all the luck. (violin plays) I was born with glass bones and paper skin. Every morning I break my legs. And every afternoon I break my arms. At night, I lie awake in agony until my heart attacks put me to sleep.
Zorc: I have a terminal disease!
Yami Bakura: But you can't die! What about our adopted daughter? Who's going to take care of her when you're gone?
Zorc: She also has a terminal disease!
—Zorc and Pals, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series.