Just a little backstory on how I got here:
I'm 24, and male, and for the last couple years, I've been suffering from health anxiety. I have a background in biology, and having taken classes in medical microbiology as well as anatomy, I'm finding the things I know from class are VASTLY exacerbating my anxiety.
Recently, I've been having issues with my right hand (I was diagnosed with carpel tunnel), but before I worked up the courage to go see the doctor, I was absolutely terrified by the fact that I could have multiple sclerosis.
Currently, I'm having issues with the fact that I'm terrified about the fact that I could possibly have leukemia (even though, I have absolutely none of the symptoms that are consistent with leukemia). Anxiety does weird things like that; I can't shake the fact that somehow, SOMEWAY I have a disease which nobody will detect and I'll die horribly and painfully.
After some googling (which is a terrible thing to do, especially for a hypochondriac like me), I typed in my fears that I was experiencing; lo and behold, I came upon this forum where I found people just like me; dealing with fears and scares that they too, had some horrendous disease.
It gives me hope that after reading some of their stories, and seeing some of their struggles that I'm not alone, and that out of all likelyhood my health is going to be alright.