Malaena Medford was born in California, spent her early childhood in Utah, and eventually moved to Wyoming where she began writing stories at age twelve. She still resides in Wyoming, where she continues to pursue her passion for writing.
Her first book, Lycantis, was originally written as a short story for a quest submission in a video game, where it got many positive reviews from peers. The quest story was declined, and so her friends convinced her to start writing it as an actual novel. The step into the world of fantasy and fiction writing prompted many other projects. She incorporates her own dreams and personal experiences into these works.
Lycantis blossomed into a saga, then inspired additions to the series. They will always be her favorite among her different works.
A bit of summary:
My name is Malaena Medford (muh-lay-nuh, if you're tripping over that). I'm also called Lycantis by friends and family. I'm a female "werewolf" living in America at present.
The condition I have as a werewolf, often called "werewolf syndrome", is known as hypertrichosis or hirsutism, with excessive hair growth being the most notable feature. I'm just like everybody else. I like relaxing in the forest, listening to everything from classical to metal, and snacking on the occasional human or two.
I have this delightful condition called porphyria; a specific kind which makes me violently allergic to light with both skin and nervous system problems. Yes, the sun is trying to kill me. *hisses and retreats into the darkness*
I'm hyper-flexible because of a condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, like those dudes squeezing through a tennis racket. Problem is, this is a connective tissue deficiency, so my bones just kind of float around whenever they want with chronic dislocations and pain. Makes for a great party trick at times, but loose joints and ligaments make life really difficult, and as a result, I use forearm crutches to walk.
The EDS comes with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS or dysautonomia), where the blood vessels don't behave. When I stand, my blood pools in my legs and doesn't return to my heart or brain. Nuff said.
Most people are familiar with autism, but not as much with the type I have, Asperger's syndrome. It's a highly functional form. I still don't know how to human, and adulting is hard. I literally had to take classes on how to act like a human being. The only time I can handle crowds is when I'm on stage, hilariously.
Because of my conditions, I started attending Kaplan University, now Purdue University Global. At some point while poking around healthy diets, I adopted the Ketogenic lifestyle. I lost almost 200 lbs (91 kg), reversed multiple diseases (not the above ones, they're genetic mutations), and my broken self is more manageable now that I can actually reach my toes. My dive into the world of science came about after a near-death experience where I lost a large portion of blood volume and felt mortality in the form of excruciating pain from my intestines rupturing before I lost consciousness, then I woke to exhaustion from the blood loss and terror knowing I was nearly on my deathbed in that moment. This is what my scholarly articles will be on, with access to the supporting evidence for anyone who is curious.
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