To Dawn Goldworm, a stuffy nose is not an inconvenience — it brings her life to a screeching halt.
“I can’t work when I have a cold,” she said. “Because I see through smell, a cold changes my whole world to black and white. I’m completely insufferable.”
She’s not just speaking in metaphor, either. Dawn and her twin sister Samantha each have a neurological condition called synesthesia, which causes the way they perceive sensory input to blend together. As Dawn explains it, they don’t just smell odors — they see them. A hint of fragrance translates into more than just a scent, they experience colors and textures as well. Read More