I'm currently writing a story, in which the mother of the main character dies because of some kind of disease. As you can probably tell, I have no idea what disease that might be. That's why I'm asking for your help. I am looking for a disease, that she has known about for years, she was diagnosed when her daughter was 4, but only dies when her daughter is 20. She would have been able to lead a pretty normal life for the most of these 16 years. There might have been small episodes during which she was somewhat restricted due to this disease, but she only got really sick from this disease during the last one or two years of her life. The disease shouldn't be a hereditary condition, or at least there should be a very good chance, that her daughter didn't inherit the disease. However, she definitely doesn't have AIDS and I'd prefer to find something other than cancer. Does anyone have any ideas? I would be very grateful!