Said malady has led mother to one of her favorite pastimes: The WebMD Symptom Checker.
For those of you who aren't familiar with it, the Symptom Checker is a hypochondriac's greatest dream and nightmare all rolled into one interactive flash application. The application must have been invented in California (where everything can give you cancer), because no matter what your ailment, it inevitably leads to cancer or some other life threatening disease or defect.
Back problems? Spine tumor.
Achy knee? Gout. Or maybe lyme disease or lupus.
Headache? I'm sorry, you're having a brain aneurysm.
Mother summed it up pretty well in our IM conversation today:
Mom: I love Web MD. It's like that friend you try to avoid - the one who always looks on the dark side of things and tells you how much worse it could be: "Hey, you have _________?!? I knew somebody who DIED from that!"