By Connor Boyd Health Reporter For Mailonline
Published: 09:25 GMT, 2 January 2020 | Updated: 09:25 GMT, 2 January 2020
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
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
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