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12 Horrible Diseases with Weirdly Unexpected Benefits

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There are some really bad, nasty diseases out there and most of the time, there is nothing good to come of them. For a few diseases though, there are a few bright lights in the darkness. Positive side effects of diseases can range from things like immunity to other, more dangerous conditions or even unexpected orgasms. If you're one of the few people who have a disease with an unexpected benefit, be grateful for it.

For most people, being diagnosed with a horrible disease is one of the worst things imaginable. Of course, horrible is a relative term. For some, herpes might mean the end of the world, but when you consider that it could save you from a very painful death in the long run, it doesn't sound so bad. 

It's no surprise that some diseases come with unexpected consequences. Though it is surprising to come across an illnesses with positive side effects rather than negative ones. For some, a positive side effect might be the only thing that gets them through the unfortunate news. After all, learning that you have a disease is a little easier wen you know there could be a silver lining.
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    Unexpected Benefit: Malaria resistance
    If you suffer from a Sickle Cell Disease, your symptoms can vary from acute pain to severe anemia. Really the only good thing that comes from the largely incurable disease is that it makes you essentially immune to malaria.
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    Unexpected Benefit: Fearlessness
    Urbach–Wiethe Disease is characterized by severe damage to the amygdala. One of the primary things this leads to is a virtual or complete lack of fear. That might not sound like such a bad thing, but moderate amounts for fear and knowing when to choose flight or fight are often vital to our survival. On the other hand, being fearless could prove very useful at times.
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    Unexpected Benefits: Protection from ovarian cancer
    Mumps isn't the worse disease in the world but it may come with one largely unexpected benefit. Research suggests that naturally contracting mumps may make one nearly immune to at least ovarian cancer. The same may also be true for measles and chicken pox.
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    Unexpected Benefit: No feelings of pain
    Not being able to feel pain might sound kind of cool, but the unexpected benefits are far outweighed by the negatives. A baby with the condition might chew off its own tongue while teething and any person living with the disease is likely to experience a life full of intense and debilitating (albeit painless) injuries.