There is a woman at the Veterans’ Administration who is very nice. She can also remember me based on the last four digits of my Social Security Account Number. I’ve always thought that was amazing — until today. I found out about Jill Price.
Jill Price remembers everything in her life — everything. Price has “hyperthymesia;” thymesia means “memory” in Greek.
Shannon Firth has posted an article titled “Hyperthymesia: Total Recall, Totally Overwhelming” at the Finding Dulcinea website.
So who is Jill Price, and what about this hyperthymesia?
Price is a 42-year-old widow. She remembers every moment of her life. I suppose it isn’t fair to say that. She remembers nearly every moment of her life. It turns out parts of Price’s brain are three times the size of other women her age. This must have something to do with it.
According to Price, she lives sort of like a split-screen television. Her “now” life is going on in conjunction with something else.
It makes me wonder if we shouldn’t pay attention to certain things in life a little more, like God. Things that seemed so impossible don’t seem so impossible now.
If thymesia means memory in Greek and “hyper” means more, then hyperhtymesia means more memory. It is a fascinating scenario, is it not? Price has been keeping a diary ever since she was a little girl and it has given researchers a lot of clues.
One area that researchers are hoping they will get some help in is the area of Alzheimer’s disease. It is such a terrible condition; wouldn’t it be wonderful if a woman with unlimited memory could help out? Yet Jill Price pays, well, a price.
Whereas you and I get over sad things in our life, Price continues to suffer. She retains the memory of her deceased husband. By her own admission, this is somewhat offset by the fact that good memories don’t fade either. So there you have it: If something bad happens in your life, you remember it; if something good happens in your life, you remember it. In both cases you remember it like it happened yesterday, literally.
Would you like to have Jill Price’s “gift?” Would you like to have Alzheimer’s, which is the reverse? Or would you like to stay just as you are?
Sometimes we don’t know how lucky we are.
ABC News Website, Diane Sawyer, “Woman Who Can’t Forget Amazes Doctors”
You Tube Website, “Woman remembers EVERYTHING”
finding Dulcinea Website, Shannon Firth, “Hyperthymesia: Total recall, Totally Overwhelming”