This plastic surgery testimonial describes the journey of Candy Wood of Birmingham, Ala., whose life was saved after tumor removal.

Candy was told by several doctors that she had an inoperable tumor in the base of her skull and only six months to live. Not willing to give up, Wood found a reconstructive plastic surgeon who performed a life-saving operation in 1982, which required opening her face to reach the tumor.

Though a success, the baseball-sized tumor came back several years later. This time, Wood developed an infection after the surgery and had to have the frontal bone in her face removed.

Despite her facial deformity, Wood talks to groups all over the country and supports reconstructive plastic surgery patients through their personal ordeals. The ASPS Member Surgeon who rebuilt Candy's face, later nominated her as an ASPS Patient of Courage.