A 22-year-old woman was born with super ultra-rare conditions that stopped her from smelling or taste anything.
Gabriella Sanders, the 22-year-old woman, said she had never been able to smell anything since the day she was born.
Sanders was born with a smell disorder, but she didn’t figure out she was different until she took part in a school project when she was young.
The project that she took part in was based on the sense and the kids were naming different examples of things that smelt.
At the time, Sanders said she didn’t smell anything and had no idea what was going on.
The super rare condition of the 22-year-old girl also stops her from tasting anything.
During an interview with Sanders, she talked about her condition.
She said, “I don’t know what food tastes like. I can’t taste hot drinks or anything sweet and spicy. I’ve never been able to smell anything. It’s weird because nobody else in my family history has had this – it’s just me and my sister – so it must be something genetic.”
The inability to smell things left her feeling anxious. Her condition also caused her to develop a massive phobia of fire.
Sanders said she’s concerned that if her house gets on fire and the smell of the fire wouldn’t allow her to wake up.
Talking about the problems she faces, Sander said, “I remember one time when I was cooking at home. My mum came home and said the whole house smelt like gas. So that was really worrying.”
She added, “Things like that, I’ve kind of grown-up being scared of. But I’m a lot more cautious now and take precautions.”
Sanders can’t smell, but she makes sure she smells great.
Despite her condition, Sanders, who is a dancer, wears deodorant every day so she would smell amazing.
The 22-year-old dancer urges her pals to tell her if she starts to smell a bit off.
Sanders explained, “I think being open with your friends and people around you is important – telling people to be comfortable in telling you if you smell bad. I’ve always made sure that people around me know I can’t smell. So, I say to them ‘Please tell me and I won’t take offense’.”
She added, “I’d rather know than make it unpleasant for everyone else.”
The 22-year-old woman says she would love to experience smelling and be able to taste different things.