By Susan Harper
My cousin Kathryn called me from New York not long ago with a problem that was intriguing to me, but increasingly troubling for her. She had begun experiencing numbness along one side of her face, including one side of her tongue, about nine months earlier.
“Nothing tastes right any more,” she said, adding that she’d lost her appetite. The worst part, though, was that the numbness was turning into intermittent bouts of throbbing pain, and it was harder and harder to chew anything. Already petite, she had now lost 10 pounds.