Woman, 31, with a rare condition that makes her skin look like fish scales reveals how she stays so confident

By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER

A woman who was born with a rare condition that causes her skin to appear thick and scaly has credited her self-confidence to the positive affirmations her mother made her say in front of the mirror.

When fitness instructor Brittany Mickens, 31, from Fredericksburg, Virginia, was born, she was rushed to a nearby children’s hospital because doctors didn’t know what was wrong with her skin, and her family was told she wouldn’t live past the age of one.

Strength: Brittany Mickens (pictured), from Fredericksburg, Virginia, was born with a rare condition that causes her skin to appear thick and scaly

As Brittany grew up, her skin grew thick, dry and scaly, but doctors dismissed this as an extreme case of eczema, prescribing her strong creams to treat her skin, which would only work for a few weeks at a time before her skin reverted to the condition it was in before.

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