Eleanor Taylor Bland (December 31, 1944 - June 2, 2010) received a bachelor's degree in accounting and education from Southern Illinois University in 1981. She worked as an accountant at Abbot Laboratories until her retirement in 1999. In the early 1970s, she was diagnosed with Gardner syndrome and fought several bouts with cancer over the years. Her first novel, Dead Time, was published in 1992.
Gardner syndrome is a variant of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) characterized by multiple, bilateral atypical CHRPE. TRIAD=intestinal polyps+skeletal hamartomas+soft tissue tumours (cysts, neurofibromas, etc). Over 50% will have dental anomalies. This condition can be seen as early as childhood and patients will develop colon cancer if left untreated.