Taylor Muhl is her own twin.
Muhl, a singer/songwriter, only found out she had a rare condition called chimerism a few years ago. Muhl absorbed her own twin in the womb and now she has two immune systems – her own and her twin sister’s.
Growing up Muhl always felt like she was different. She had a line down the center of her stomach, and on one side of the line the skin colour was notably darker than the skin on the rest of her body.
The doctors put it down to a rare birth mark.
Throughout her childhood Muhl suffered from a range of autoimmune issues and allergies. Only recently she discovered that it was actually the result of her body fighting off her own twin’s immune system.
“For more than half my life I didn’t even know I had chimera,” Muhl recently told the Huffington Post. “I was told I had a birthmark.”
“My mom was like a flower child so she had me naturally at home with two mid-wives. Her whole pregnancy she ate all fresh, healthy food, no caffeine.”
While Muhl’s family put it down to a weird birthmark and moved on with their lives, there were other signs that things weren’t quite right.
From a young age Muhl was fascinated with the idea of being a twin.
“From six or seven-years-old, I would ask my mother all the time if I was a twin. ‘Are you sure you didn’t have another baby?’ I would ask her. Many years later, my mom told me she wondered back then, ‘Where is this coming from? Why is she asking me this?’”