Triumph of the Spirit: Patients Battle Neurofibromatosis

"I'm so used to these surgeries that I pretty much go along," said Ana Rodarte during a break from school. "I've had so many I don't remember." Rodarte, a 28-year-old woman from southern California, had gotten used to doctors disappointing her. She was born with neurofibromatosis, a rare genetic condition that caused large, disfiguring tumors to grow on her face, covering most of the left side. Neurofibromatosis, in its most common form (Type 1) is believed to affect about one in 3,000...Full Story
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