The mass grew for 30 years on Mariette’s back, finally reaching ten pounds. The size of a watermelon. It weighed heavy on Mariette’s body, mind and spirit. When she tried to play with local children, neighbors would tell the children “the monster was going to get them.” For years, Mariette prayed to have the mass removed so she could be free from ridicule. “I just want to be free,” she said.