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* In fact in RealLife AIDS develops faster on patients after being diagnosed.
** This may be because AIDS is just a diagnoses of the progression of HIV, though it does fit the trope.



* In general, having a chronic and/or rare illness can feel an awful like this, as, if it's rare, then there's very few doctors or treatments for it. It's even worse if the condition hasn't name, other cases, or, if it does have other cases, said other cases died before they could have much of, if any, intervention.


* ''Series/ElChapulinColorado'' has an episode where this trope is played straight, inverted, subverted and spoofed all the way. A nurse at a hospital is left caring for two bank robbers who were hurt in a shootout with the police. One of them is already out of danger, while the other is not expected to make it past the night. However, when el Chapulín shows up, he mixes up the medical records and somehow convinces himself that the dying one is healthy and viceversa, much to everyone's annoyance. [[spoiler: As it turns out, he was trying to invoke YourMindMakesItReal with the dying one, repeting him over and over that he was healthy so he would convince himself that he was healthy. It worked, but unfortunately, the healthy one was repeated so many times that he was dying, he also convinced himself of it and... well [[GoneHorriblyRight you can pretty much guess how well it went for him]].]]

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* ''Series/ElChapulinColorado'' has an episode where this trope is played straight, inverted, subverted and spoofed all the way. A nurse at a hospital is left caring for two bank robbers who were hurt in a shootout with the police. One of them is already out of danger, while the other is not expected to make it past the night. However, when el Chapulín shows up, he mixes up the medical records and somehow convinces himself that the dying one is healthy and viceversa, much to everyone's annoyance. [[spoiler: As it turns out, he was trying to invoke YourMindMakesItReal with the dying one, repeting repeating him over and over that he was healthy so he would convince himself that he was healthy.healthy so he would get healthy for real. It worked, but unfortunately, the healthy one was repeated so many times that he was dying, he also convinced himself of it and... well [[GoneHorriblyRight you can pretty much guess how well it went for him]].]]



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* ''Series/ElChapulinColorado'' has an episode where this trope is played straight, inverted, subverted and spoofed all the way. A nurse at a hospital is left caring for two bank robbers who were hurt in a shootout with the police. One of them is already out of danger, while the other is not expected to make it past the night. However, when el Chapulín shows up, he mixes up the medical records and somehow convinces himself that the dying one is healthy and viceversa, much to everyone's annoyance. [[spoiler: As it turns out, he was trying to invoke YourMindMakesItReal with the dying one, repeting him over and over that he was healthy so he would convince himself that he was healthy. It worked, but unfortunately, the healthy one was repeated so many times that he was dying, he also convinced himself of it and... well [[GoneHorriblyRight you can pretty much guess how well it went for him]].]]


* This is subverted in Webcomic/KillLaKillAU, ''Room 002108'', in that Ryuuko was already sick but, when she is hospitalized, the doctors say she has to stay for tests. Her condition isn't mentioned as to be getting worse as a result of that and neither are her symptoms described.

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* This is subverted in Webcomic/KillLaKillAU, ''Room 002108'', in that Ryuuko was already sick but, when she is hospitalized, the doctors say she has to stay "stay for tests.tests". Her condition isn't mentioned as to be getting worse as a result of that and neither are her symptoms described.





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*In general, having a chronic and/or rare illness can feel an awful like this, as, if it's rare, then there's very few doctors or treatments for it. It's even worse if the condition hasn't name, other cases, or, if it does have other cases, said other cases died before they could have much of, if any, intervention.


* Creator/StephenKing's autobiography/memoir/how-to ''On Writing'' describes how his mother got hospitalized and died very suddenly of uterine cancer... because [[JustifiedTrope she'd been actively hiding her developing symptoms for fear of causing a fuss]]. She'd actually been sick for a long time.


* This is subverted in Fanfic/KillLaKillAU, ''Room 002108'', in that Ryuuko was already sick but, when she is hospitalized, the doctors say she has to stay for tests. Her condition isn't mentioned as to be getting worse as a result of that and neither are her symptoms described.

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* This is subverted in Fanfic/KillLaKillAU, Webcomic/KillLaKillAU, ''Room 002108'', in that Ryuuko was already sick but, when she is hospitalized, the doctors say she has to stay for tests. Her condition isn't mentioned as to be getting worse as a result of that and neither are her symptoms described.


* In Webcomic{{/Xkcd}}, [[https://xkcd.com/881/ Megan is diagnosed with cancer]]. (Occasionally, Rob is shown to have it, too.) This is because Randall Munroe's RealLife fiancee (now wife) [[RealLifeWritesThePlot was diagnosed with stage-3 breast cancer not long after they got engaged]], despite being in otherwise fairly good health and having no family history of breast cancer. Both Rob and Megan are shown coping with the diagnosis, going through treatment and testing, and trying to make the most of the time they have together as best they can (because [[AdultFear they don't know how things will pan out]]...or [[https://xkcd.com/931/ if the cancer might one day come back with a vengeance]].)

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* In Webcomic{{/Xkcd}}, Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}, [[https://xkcd.com/881/ Megan is diagnosed with cancer]]. (Occasionally, Rob is shown to have it, too.) This is because Randall Munroe's RealLife fiancee (now wife) [[RealLifeWritesThePlot was diagnosed with stage-3 breast cancer not long after they got engaged]], despite being in otherwise fairly good health and having no family history of breast cancer. Both Rob and Megan are shown coping with the diagnosis, going through treatment and testing, and trying to make the most of the time they have together as best they can (because [[AdultFear they don't know how things will pan out]]...or [[https://xkcd.com/931/ if the cancer might one day come back with a vengeance]].)


* In {{xkcd}}, [[https://xkcd.com/881/ Megan is diagnosed with cancer]]. (Occasionally, Rob is shown to have it, too.) This is because Randall Munroe's RealLife fiancee (now wife) [[RealLifeWritesThePlot was diagnosed with stage-3 breast cancer not long after they got engaged]], despite being in otherwise fairly good health and having no family history of breast cancer. Both Rob and Megan are shown coping with the diagnosis, going through treatment and testing, and trying to make the most of the time they have together as best they can (because [[AdultFear they don't know how things will pan out]]...or [[https://xkcd.com/931/ if the cancer might one day come back with a vengeance]].)

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* In {{xkcd}}, Webcomic{{/Xkcd}}, [[https://xkcd.com/881/ Megan is diagnosed with cancer]]. (Occasionally, Rob is shown to have it, too.) This is because Randall Munroe's RealLife fiancee (now wife) [[RealLifeWritesThePlot was diagnosed with stage-3 breast cancer not long after they got engaged]], despite being in otherwise fairly good health and having no family history of breast cancer. Both Rob and Megan are shown coping with the diagnosis, going through treatment and testing, and trying to make the most of the time they have together as best they can (because [[AdultFear they don't know how things will pan out]]...or [[https://xkcd.com/931/ if the cancer might one day come back with a vengeance]].)


* In the movie ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', our first view of Mrs. Terrain has her with a few bandages due to a "complication" with treatment to make her look younger. Throughout the course of the movie her condition worsens despite her doctor's insistence that she'll soon be up and about, and in one of the dream sequences we see her coffin, which turns out to contain nothing but bones and [[{{Squick}} something that looks unpleasantly like]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspic aspic.]]

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* In the movie ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', our first view of Mrs. Terrain has her with a few bandages due to a "complication" with treatment to make her look younger. Throughout the course of the movie her condition worsens despite her doctor's insistence that she'll soon be up and about, and in one of the dream sequences we see her coffin, which turns out to contain nothing but bones and [[{{Squick}} something that looks unpleasantly like]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspic aspic.]][[LudicrousGibs aspic]].

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* In {{xkcd}}, [[https://xkcd.com/881/ Megan is diagnosed with cancer]]. (Occasionally, Rob is shown to have it, too.) This is because Randall Munroe's RealLife fiancee (now wife) [[RealLifeWritesThePlot was diagnosed with stage-3 breast cancer not long after they got engaged]], despite being in otherwise fairly good health and having no family history of breast cancer. Both Rob and Megan are shown coping with the diagnosis, going through treatment and testing, and trying to make the most of the time they have together as best they can (because [[AdultFear they don't know how things will pan out]]...or [[https://xkcd.com/931/ if the cancer might one day come back with a vengeance]].)
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* ''Series/{{Orange is the New Black}}'': Rosa, who mentions in the first episode she has cancer, is told in the second season that chemotherapy isn't working and she has only weeks left to live. [[spoiler: This is a huge factor in her decision to escape in the second season's final episode.]]

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* ''Series/{{Orange is the New Black}}'': Rosa, who mentions in the first episode she has cancer, is told in the second season that chemotherapy isn't working and she has only weeks left to live. (More specifically, she needs surgery, but the Department of Corrections won't pay for it, and she has no family or friends on the outside who are able and willing to do so.) [[spoiler: This is a huge factor in her decision to escape in the second season's final episode.]]


** Several cancers have a similar course, based on how late in the game symptoms arrive, but even pancreatic cancer has a non-zero survivability. The true kings of this trope are the prion diseases. Prions are renegade proteins that usually arise spontaneously in the brain, then transform other copies of the protein in the "bad" form. Symptoms usually only show up once a patient has a year of agony and increasing dementia to look forward to. The survivability is zero and there is nothing to slow the progression (even HIV can be treated). Neither Alzheimer's Dementia nor Huntington's has so rapid and terrible a progression. Prion diseases are mercifully rare, but given their gravity, fears of "Mad Cow" were not entirely groundless.

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** Several cancers have a similar course, course [[note]] Lung and ovarian cancers are ''notorious'' for this, because their symptoms are so ''vague'': a cough or a stomach ache, for example. [[/note]], based on how late in the game symptoms arrive, but even pancreatic cancer has a non-zero survivability. The true kings of this trope are the prion diseases. Prions are renegade proteins that usually arise spontaneously in the brain, then transform other copies of the protein in the "bad" form. Symptoms usually only show up once a patient has a year of agony and increasing dementia to look forward to. The survivability is zero and there is nothing to slow the progression (even HIV can be treated). Neither Alzheimer's Dementia nor Huntington's has so rapid and terrible a progression. Prion diseases are mercifully rare, but given their gravity, fears of "Mad Cow" were not entirely groundless.



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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11694635/1/To-Heal-A-Hero To Heal A Hero]]'' Laurel is taken to the doctor after being discovered passed out, only to be told that she has terminal cancer. Justified in-universe with the explanations that the symptoms are very minor, and Laurel pretending everything's normal to reassure those around her is a major plot point.
** Arguably done twice, as when she goes in for a routine check-up (the only one we see no less) she's told her cancer is advancing more rapidly than anticipated and her estimated remaining time has been cut in half.


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* In ''Theatre/TheLittleFoxes'', Horace is obviously quite sick, but he privately reveals to his wife Regina that won't have very long to live with his heart condition. It's very telling that Regina never shows him ''any'' sympathy for this. By the end of the second act, she's saying directly to his face, in cruel honesty, that she hopes he dies soon.

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