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Bullies Make Fun Of Her Skin Condition. 23 Years Later, She’s Covered In Freckles And Loves It

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Andrea is covered in hundreds of freckles. At first glance, you might think her freckles are as ordinary as anyone else’s.

However, Andrea has a rare skin condition called xeroderma pigmentosum.

She was diagnosed at 5 years old, after her body became covered in freckles at 2.

The freckles are a symptom of the condition, which makes it difficult for her body to process UV light, thus making her more susceptible to cancer and melanoma.

Andrea must avoid sunlight at all costs. She can only go out at night, has to keep her windows tinted, and was home-schooled as a kid.

“I wear a hat that has a special plastic to protect me from the sun, not completely but it does help,” she told Daily Mail.

“And I also wear gloves, the material is special to protect me from the sun. It can be very hard but I cover all of my body by wearing jeans, boots, and a jacket.”

Andrea underwent 25 surgeries to remove cancerous skin cells, and regularly undergoes procedures to prevent skin cancer. Although kids often make fun of her, she has embraced her appearance and loves life.

“Life is hard but there is always a way to make the most of it,” Andrea said. “I love my freckles and my scars, I’ve learnt to love myself. I wish the world was more open.”

When she appeared on The Doctors, she was surprised with a life-changing surgery that could ease the effects of her skin condition. Take a look in the video below.

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