LIFE

Mom Has 6,000 Tumors All Over Her Face And Body For Decades Until Surgery Clears Her Skin

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

At the young age of 5, Libby Huffer was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that spurs the growth of small, non-cancerous tumors. She inherited it from her mother and grandmother before her.

She had the disease under control until her teenage years, when the bumps started spreading and multiplying all over her face and body.

Libby suffered at the hands of bullies, who called her names like “Lizard Breath” and “Toad.” People believed she was contagious — this wasn’t true. Her whole life was affected, professionally and personally.

But the tumors exploded all over her body in 1993 because of the change in her hormones once she became pregnant. Libby was in chronic pain from the approximately 6,000 bumps all over her body. She underwent 10 surgeries to cut off the tumors, but they all failed.

In 2016, she also appeared on The Doctors to discuss her illness and her story.

But luckily she was able to raise enough money to get a special surgery called electrodesiccation, which cleared her skin. Now, she’s able to show off what she looks like!

Libby is happy that she can live a nearly pain-free life. She’s also no longer afraid of going outside and being taunted by cruel strangers.  She has a lot more confidence!

Please SHARE if you’re thrilled Libby is talking about her illness to raise awareness!

Photos provided by Caters News

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