Facial disfigurement, for those with neurofibromatosis (NF), tests the level of our acceptance for handicapped individuals. These photographs posted here are not the most marred of individuals; the latter have mostly hidden themselves away from public view to spare themselves the abuse and stares that they attract. We can learn to be more sensitive, so that when we do pass by someone who has NF or a related disfigurement, we will respect their space and dignity by not staring or pointing them out to others! The disease affects both children and adults.
This article written by an NF patient, Adam Pearson, gives us an appreciative insight into his struggles to live a normal life in public. Mr Pearson is 26 years old.
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