This novella was inspired by a rare, brain degenerating disorder known as Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD). This disorder is caused by the deformation of a protein normally found in the brain called a PCRP protein. CJD belongs to a family of diseases known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy's (TSE's). Although this disorder is in the same family as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), informally known as "Mad Cow Disease" it is not the same disease, even though they are in the same family of illnesses.
There are many symptoms that mark the illness as being CJD. One of the earliest symptoms of CJD is changes in personality; this is due to the fact that the frontal lobe of the brain, the part of the brain that is responsible for personality, is affected by the infectious prion proteins. There are many other symptoms such as anxiety, depression, memory loss, and impaired thinking that are also caused by the brai