Nevus Outreach Familes in the Spolight
Rita and Robert Pink
Family: Robert (Bob) & Rita Pink
Location: Modena, New York
Hi, I'm Rita, nevus owner for 66 years. I was born in a small town in Indiana with a giant congenital melanocytic nevus covering more than 90% of my body. My parents quickly brought me to New York where I was raised in a Catholic children's convalescent home, which afforded me the necessary medical treatment needed. I had many skin graft surgeries as a child to remove the nevus that covered 3/4 of my face, the front of my neck and my left arm from the elbow to the knuckles. Since, I don't have much clear skin, the doctors only removed the most prominent locations to afford me a more natural appearance.
I learned to hide most of my body with clothing & lived with my "secret" thinking I was "the only one" who looked like this for most of my life.
I finally found Nevus Outreach late in 2006, and my life changed forever! Becoming involved with this wonderful organization taught me to accept my nevus & realize that I was no longer all alone. I have been fortunate to attend 2 (soon to be 3) conferences and meet so many people all traveling the same road in life that I am. I am happy to share my experiences and help any other nevus families to realize living with a nevus helps us to be more tolerant and sensitive to other people's feelings. I don't believe I would be the same person without it.
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