[Daily Mail] A Chinese mother-of-two has been left disfigured by tumours which have been growing on her face for the last ten years. Li Hongfang, 40, is shunned in public because of the rare condition which has caused her face to slowly swell. She has been unable to get medical treatment for Chordoma because she cannot afford it. The illness is a form of bone cancer which causes tissue to grow. The trouble started in 2001 when she noticed a small patch of swelling on her forehead which she initially ignored because it was not painful. When her condition was finally diagnosed four years later, doctors said she had seven tumors growing on her face. But she has been unable to pay the £60,000 or 600,000 yuan medical bill and has been forced to watch them slowly grow. The mother said: ‘I know that a lot of people see me as a monster but I am just a normal woman and a mother inside.’ When she was diagnosed, she was living with her husband and two sons in Tianchao village, in Qianxian county, in west China’s Shaanxi province. She said: ‘We didn’t have much money but we were very happy and we loved each other and our two boys. I would say life was good then. ‘I didn’t think anything of it when I got a small swelling on my forehead – I thought it was probably just an insect bite. ‘It didn’t even itch or ache in anyway – but it also didn’t go away and in fact just got bigger and bigger.’ She was told she would have to pay to cover the cost of the operation – which is far beyond her limited means.
Well, on one hand, 40 is the new 30. On the other hand, age is irrelevant when your face looks like you’re smuggling grapefruits in your cheeks over a pelican’s gullet. Although the alternative isn’t much better. Just some regular-looking middle-aged housewife/dry cleaner lost in a sea of plain-jane mediocre broads being ignored by their husbands. At least she can blame her excess lady lumps and avoid having to admit she’s just not a fun, interesting human being like the rest of old woman-kind. If I’m Li, I’m keeping my lumpy mug fo’ sho’. I mean not only do those boulder-like tumors add character, but in the wake of Bath Salt Mania I know there’s at least one homeless, faceless dude in Florida who wishes he had 7 tumors to spare. Evolution, baby…someone’s gotta be first.