Mother, 35, covered head-to-toe in thousands of tumours

Mother, 35, covered head-to-toe in thousands of tumours reveals she is abused by strangers in the street who wrongly think she is contagious Ashley Jernigan, from Alabama, has an aggressive form of neurofibromatosis Strangers avoid her in the street and hurl abuse at her due to 1 in 3,000 disorder The mother-of-four wants to raise awareness the condition is not contagious

By Connor Boyd Health Reporter For Mailonline

Published: 09:25 GMT, 2 January 2020 | Updated: 09:25 GMT, 2 January 2020

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A mother whose skin is covered in thousands of tumours has revealed strangers regularly hurl abuse at her in the street.

Ashley Jernigan, from Montgomery, Alabama, suffers from an aggressive form of the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis. 

The 35-year-old was diagnosed when she hit puberty and the condition quickly plagued her entire body with lumps.

Ms Jernigan has lost hope of ever finding love because even members of the public avoid her due to wrongly believing she is contagious. 

Ashley Jernigan's skin is covered in thousands of tumours due to an aggressive genetic disorder

Ashley Jernigan's skin is covered in thousands of tumours due to an aggressive genetic disorder

The mother, from Montgomery, Alabama, suffers from neurofibromatosis which causes lumps to grow on the coverings of nerves

The mother, from Montgomery, Alabama, suffers from neurofibromatosis which causes lumps to grow on the coverings of nerves 

The 35-year-old was diagnosed when she hit puberty and the condition quickly plagued her entire body with tumours - including her face

The 35-year-old was diagnosed when she hit puberty and the condition quickly plagued her entire body with tumours - including her face

Ms Jernigan with Keonna, eight, and Kaiden, five

The mother said the condition got worse with every pregnancy

Ms Jernigan (left, with Keonna and Kaiden, and right) was advised by doctors not to have children as it would make the condition worse. But she went on ignore this advice and have four children, Darnell, 15, Devon, 14, Keonna, eight, and Kaiden, five 

She said: 'It takes a strong person to overcome what people say. With this condition, you can still live life like any other normal person. 

'Everybody is different. It's just the bullying you have to deal with. It's hard, it's really rough, and depressing. When I go out, people stare and make rude gestures.

'They say, "look at her, where did she come from and what's wrong with her". I don't want to date because of the stares. A man wouldn't accept me.

'It would take a strong man to appreciate me for who I am and look past my condition.'

Neurofibromatosis affectss one in 3,000 people to varying degrees and causes lumps to grow on the coverings of nerves. 

Ms Jernigan wants to spread the word that the

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