Imagine you're a PhD student, just getting started. And you realize you can't hear anything out of one ear, and THEN you learn that's because there's a tumor wrapped around the nerve starting at your inner ear and heading into the brain.
That's what happened to Brittany Bushnell. She was studying neuroscience...and then she became the class example of abnormal visual reflexes.
Brittany has also appeared on Story Collider, which is kind of like The Moth but for science stories.
Music in this episode:
Modulation of the Spirit by Little Glass Men
Barometer by Bleak House
The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan by Chris Zabriskie
Because You Hold Me Tight by Alex Fitch
The Terrarium by Blue Dot Sessions
February by Kai Engel
Chinese Blues by Moore and Gardner from 1916 George Gershwin piano roll
Tipsy Xylo by Podington Bear
Trundle by Podington Bear
All Eventualities by Gillicuddy
Pens From Spain (Instrumental) by Loch Lomond