Sometimes life imitates art, not the other way around. About eight years ago I became sick with a mysterious, life-threatening disease. My primary care physician ran all the tests in a vain attempt to diagnose it. In the meantime I wasted away and lost thirty pounds. I developed a mild psychosis and a hideous red rash over half my body. Finally my doctor told me he was stumped, and I asked him, "Could I have cancer?" In desperation, he referred me to a gastroenterologist and I finally received a most surprising diagnosis.
What do you know! About ten years earlier I wrote a story about a woman with a mysterious disease. The difference was that everybody hated and feared her for some unspecified reason while I was shuttled from specialist to specialist. "The Blue of Her Hair, the Gold of Her Eyes" won Preditor's & Editor's #SciFi / #Fantasy Short Story of the Year. - Why does everybody fear and shun Rachel and what will ultimately happen to her?
The Blue of Her Hair, the Gold of Her Eyes