Most of us know someone who is a twin. In fact, twins are more common than what you might think, with multiple births occurring in three out of every 100 pregnancies. What’s more is that the increased use of fertility treatments has led to an increase in the number of twins.
It’s no secret that twins share a special bond, after all, they go through all of their major life milestones together. That’s what makes 34-year-old Taylor Muhl’s story so unusual. Throughout her childhood, she suspected that she had a twin, and it was finally confirmed in 2009.
To discover how she ABSORBED her own twin, check out the video below:
The California native made the shocking discovery after watching a documentary about a very rare condition known as Chimerism, which she was subsequently diagnosed with.
Until this point, she had kept in poor health and had an unusual “birthmark” on her stomach.
However, this was no ordinary birthmark, as doctors later discovered that Taylor had a fraternal twin – which she absorbed whilst in the womb!
Taylor also has an unusually proportioned body, with her left side being slightly larger than her right.
“At a very young age, I used to ask my mom if I was a twin,” Taylor said to Barcroft TV. “I used to ask her all the time. Kind of almost obsessively.”
Taylor’s mom Alex said that while twins ran in the family, to her knowledge, Taylor had always been on her own.
“I had a feeling that I did have a sibling,” Taylor said. “If that’s on a subconscious level, I don’t really know. I feel like I have missed my twin. ”
Shockingly, Taylor is, in fact, her own twin.
“Chimerism is where two fraternal twin eggs fuse together in the womb,” she explained of her condition. “Usually, in the early stages of pregnancy. My condition is really rare. There have only been 100 cases documented in the world.”
“Being a Chimera is very tricky,” Taylor said. “It’s basically having totally two different humans but under the same hood of the car so to speak. I have two genetic makeups within one body.”
Sadly, this has resulted in Taylor being plagued with health issues throughout her life, including chronic pain.
Taylor has now been pursing natural healing in an attempt to improve her quality of life because her immune system attacks itself.
“Before I knew I was a Chimera, I tried to have [my birthmark] lasered off of me,” Taylor revealed. “It was so painful to the point where it brought me to tears, so it cannot be removed.”
The 34-year-old when on to add that the distinct appearance of her body led her to feel insecure at times.
Thankfully, however, Taylor has now learned to embrace what makes her different, and she is hoping to encourage others to do the same.
“What gave me the confidence to finally come out about being a Chimera, [was when I realized] that I’d been hiding this my entire life.”
The 34-year-old now works as a model and singer.
“A goal of mine is to definitely someday have a Chimera and autoimmune foundation. If somebody thinks they’re a Chimera, I want to be able to say to them, ‘Here, go to this facility. There’s a geneticist on hand. We have counselors that can help with body issues.’ I want to be able to give that to somebody.”
“My message to the world is don’t ever let anybody tell you that you can’t do something. If you’re different, if it’s due to a physical abnormality or a condition you have, anything, it doesn’t matter. There is a place for everybody in this world.”
We would like to take this opportunity to wish Taylor all the best for her future. Hopefully, her decision to open up about her story will increase awareness of Chimerism.