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Jill Price
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    (1966- )
    Raised in California
    Nicknames include 'The Human Calendar' and 'The Human Post-It Note'
    Found to have hyperthymestic syndrome, a condition where a person has advanced autobiographical memory
    Aware of her condition since 1978 (as a 12-year-old) and can recall any event in her life from 1980 forward
    Case confirmed by Dr. James McGaugh, neurobiologist from the University of California, Irvine
    Wrote the book 'The Woman Who Can't Forget: The Extraordinary Story of Living with the Most Remarkable Memory Known to Science--A Memoir' (2008)
    Interviewed by Diane Sawyer for ABC's news program '20/20' (May 9, 2008)
    Until 2008, she didn't want her identity revealed and went by the initials 'AJ.'
    Folks with the condition are also prone to develop OCD and become collectors - in her case she collects dolls.
    She says her life is a split screen, one that lives in the moment and the other like a camera on her shoulder that replays taped events of her life, often uncontrollably.
    Two men who display similar symptoms say the condition doesn't bother them, while she complains it brings her more pain than joy.
    If the day picked to test her memory was not newsworthy or she did nothing special, she'll reply she just 'hung out.'
    While several other people claim they have the ability and two men from Wisconsin and Ohio show similar capability, she is the first scientifically documented person with hyperthymesia.
    Since her condition has nothing to do with memory improvement, she has no superior learning skills and was an average student.
    She can recall not just what date a historic event occurred, she can state what day of the week the event took place.
    As part of both a blessing and a curse, she can relive the happiest and saddest moments of her life in vivid detail, over and over.
    She met a man on-line and married him in 2003, but less than two years later, she had a miscarriage and he died from a stroke at age 42.
    Her mother says she is her hero but laments that the saying 'time heals all wounds' doesn't apply to her.

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