Fear of the Unknown vs Fear of Knowing

Did you know I could not find phobia names for fear of the unknown or fear of knowing. Hmmm, I guess if you want to have a phobia you have to break it down into its smallest component then be terrified of it.  Oooooo – sounds deep doesn’t it? I did find some other interesting phobias, though. These are the fear of:

New, anything or novel– Kainophobia, Kainolophobia, Cenophobia, Centophobia, or Neophobia.

Knowledge– Gnosiophunknownobia or Epistemophobia. Ideas- Ideophobia.

Everything– Panophobia, Panphobia, Pamphobia, or Pantophobia.

Failure– Atychiphobia or Kakorrhaphiophobia.

Insanity– Dementophobia or Maniaphobia.

Insanity, dealing with– Lyssophobia.

Mad, becoming– Lyssophobia.

and my personal favourite:
The fear of long words
 – Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia or Sesquipedalophobia.

Tomorrow morning I undergo a very invasive surgery to fix my left artificial hip. I have been through the replacement surgeries so I know what the pain, discomfort and recovery are. I want this one to work for the rest of my life. I am ambivalent. I feel more than one emotion. I want to turn the fear of not knowing into curiosity about what’s to come. But, I am also so excited and happy to be be on the edge: of walking walker-free; of being able to shop on my own; to be able to go back to work; of being off pain meds (I kinda like them too much!) and of not being so needy.

But, and there is always a but. What if something goes wrong? What If my leg is unfixable? What if I never wake up? What if I wake up but my mind isn’t there anymore? It COULD happen. But (More buts!), I don’t normally think that way. I am a positive person. I love life and have so much to do , yet.

I appreciate the help, love and support that my friends, family and colleagues have given to me. I’m feeling the love. Really!  So, I have to be at the hospital at 6AM tomorrow so I may or may not put out one more post and if I have my way (and I usually get MY way) I’ll be bringing the laptop to the hospital.

So, thank you. I’ve got laundry and cleaning to do. And today I’m bottling the cucumber vodka. If it’s any good, I’ll celebrate with it when I’m home. Thanks for listening. ;D Diane Kirby

~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on June 28, 2012.

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