Renee's entire life has been formed by the tragic consequences of her having topograpanosia, a real disorder of the frontal lobe that results in a complete inability to orient herself in space, as well as an inability to remember people's names. In spite of this, she has learned how to masquerade as a real person when absolutely necessary. Sometimes, she fools people, until she gets lost coming back from the restroom.
She is, indeed, a former hula hoop champion, as well as the co-author of two books for women over 50, Invisible No More: The Secret Lives of Women Over 50 and Saving the Best for Last: Creating Our Lives After 50. Both the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize Committees continue to ignore her achievements.