Here is a new thing to be scared about: imagine waking up one day and inexplicably not be able to swallow. This was the case for Samantha Anderson, a mother of three from Australia. At the time, Anderson was 39 years old, enjoying life as a goldsmith while running her own jewelry gallery. But everything changed for the wife and mother when she woke up one day and could not swallow one bite of her breakfast. Since that first bite, she's endured a long, hellish battle just to feed herself that has lasted over two years. Anderson spoke in detail about her experiences in an essay she wrote the National Foundation for Swallowing Disorders:

Sources: Swallowing Disorder Foundation