Neurofibromatosis (Neuro-fi-bro-ma-to-sis), is a genetic disorder of the nervous system that causes tumors to form on the nerves anywhere in the body at any time.


Recommended Resources

These resources are available to borrow at the Family & Community Resource Centre. You can also check with your local library or with The Alberta Library for the availability of these resources.

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  • Neurofibromatosis: a Handbook for Patients, Families and Healthcare Professionals

    Edited by Bruce Krof and Allen Rubenstein (2005)

    From new genetic and diagnostic advances, to associated cardiovascular and endocrine abnormalities, to the significant psychosocial impact of NF, the book is packed with clear, practical guidance for understanding and living with this disability.

  • Thriving with Neurofibromatosis

    Kristi Hopkins (2005)

    For some, Neurofibromatosis is as clear as the tumors on their face. For others, it hides beneath the surface, creating tumors that destroy hearing, vision, and more. Most people with NF, or any of a thousand other genetic disorders, focus on surviving from day to day. Kristi Hopkins focuses less on surviving and more on Thriving with NF.

  • Still Emily: Seeing Rainbows in the Silence

    Emily Owens (2016)

    At the age of 16, Emily was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2). With gentle humour and heart-breaking honesty, Emily shares her story. Slowly and painfully, she discovers value in new places, seeing the rainbows in the silence.

  • Bumpy Roads have Soft Shoulders

    Nicole Porlier (2013)

    I wrote this book about my experience with neurofibromatosis, commonly known as NF, because I wanted to give adults and children affected with this disorder the hope that one can live a happy, fulfilling life despite NF. NF can affect so many different organs within the body, causing such severe complications that it can sometimes be difficult to see life in a positive way.


Thank you to our friends from the Alberta Children's HospitalĀ for their contributions.


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