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After Years Of Bullying, Mom Reveals Why She Looks Like This

A woman has revealed her struggle with a rare condition that left her the target of bullies for most of her life.

Marissa Dees, 28, was born with congenital melanocytic nevus, a condition that left her covered in cancer-prone dark and hairy moles all over her body. Over the years, the Tampa Bay mother has been cruelly referred to as “Dalmatian” and “part dog.” Now, Ms. Dees is fighting back by sharing photos of her rare condition online in a bid to raise awareness for the little-known disease.

Ms. Dees has had over 30 operations to remove high-risk nevus from her entire upper body, bearing scars from her head down to her bottom. While Ms. Dees has spent much of her life covered up and ashamed of her appearance, she has now decided to bare it all in an emotional online post, hoping to raise awareness of the condition that took her close friend’s life. Ms. Jennifer Androver passed away after developing stage four melanoma which was brought on by the disease.

Ms. Dees shared numerous photos showing her nevus-scarred skin, baring her back, chest and stomach. “I used to be ridiculed, people would tell me that I must be ‘part dog’ because I had ‘Dalmatian spots’ all over my skin, which made me hide my skin even more,” the stay at home mother confessed. Ms. Dees has been experiencing this for her entire life, with her doctors completely baffled by her condition at birth: “When I was born doctors had never seen anything like it, they told my parents I wouldn't make it through the night. There's a one in 500,000-chance of having this condition, so it's like winning a lottery that stinks.”

Despite her struggles with her body image, Ms. Dees has taken inspiration from Ms. Androver and has begun embracing her body and has adopted a more positive outlook on life. "It was the wake-up call I needed to embrace who I am and let other people know it's ok to have this condition and to show your scars,” Ms. Dees stated. “I wear my scars with pride now and let it all hang out, this is my body and how I was made so I appreciate it - I'm still smiling and still beautiful.”

Ms. Dees doesn’t only draw her inspiration from Ms. Androver, but attributes her new found confidence to the support of her family and her fiancé, Norman Green. “[My fiancé] made me realize it doesn't matter how I look and the most important thing is the people I have helped during my lifetime so far," Ms. Dees said. “I do not care what anyone thinks of me or if I have friends, I've got me, my man has got my back, my kids do not want for anything, my family is amazing, I am not alone ever.”

Ms. Dees hopes that, through her own confidence, she can help other sufferers of congenital melanocytic nevus embrace their own condition: “I don’t want to hide behind my nevus, I want to share and help others realize they shouldn’t be afraid to show their skin.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Caters

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