Well, a blood disorder is actually where I thought she was going with it, as well. It does make complete sense. But, she was actually being much more serious than I gave her credit for. If you put some seeming innocuous symptoms together, things that might not even appear to be symptoms on their surface, they actually do point to a certain possibility that at least explains some of Bella's idiosyncrasies, both physical and social.
We are all well aware of Bella's clumsiness. But, I always felt it was a bit beyond a normal gawky or awkward individual. It seemed like she almost didn't know where her feet were or couldn't feel her balance. And, we know from her adventures in gym class and delusion-courting that her hand-eye coordination was not the best.
Physically, we have enough evidence that Bella had a fairly high pain tolerance. For example, after the van incident and when being stitched up by Carlisle after Jasper attacks her, it is the blood to which she reacts, not the pain of her injuries. When she cuts herself during the confrontation with Victoria and Riley, she barely notes the pain of slicing her arm open. And, we know that despite being bruised head-to-toe during the wedding night, she didn't once register pain (yes, I have my suspicions as to why on that one, but go with me here). And, evne in transformation, she is able to disconnect herself from the pain enough to hold in her agony (another characteristic which pervades her life; constantly telling people she's fine when she should be hurt) Another tactile symptom one might see is her non-reaction to Edward's (or any of the Cullen's) cold skin.
Add it all up; constant stumbling and being unsure on her feet, balance issues, restless legs at night and sleep talking, nonreaction to touching cold surfaces, high pain threshold. There are medical names for all of these things, as I've been informed. Ataxia, propriception deficit, vestibular ataxia, vertigo, dystonia and dysdiasochokinesia. Taken together, and in the absense of other conditions, these are indicators of Multiple Sclerosis.
I'm not saying at all that SM set out to write this in the story. But, the symptoms are all there. And, it also could explain some of Bella's social deficits and anxieties as well. "Clumsy" children, those with less physical skill than others, can be ostracized, not picked to play games or sports, which we know Bella ran from in fear. They're physical symptomology can make them socially awkward because they see themselves as different, less than, and that can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Thus, you end up with 17-year-old socially awkward, bookworm Bella, more caretaker than carefree, grown beyond her years for a number of factors, but with an amazing capacity to love. And then you have the collision of the two. Perhaps, Edward changing Bella might have been much more an act of mercy and love than either of them understood at the time?
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