Living with Vitiligo

Living with Vitiligo

Like any other 10-year-old at the time, I was living life to the fullest. Having fun in the sun, hanging out with friends, attending school everyday, participating in sporting activities as well as as other extracurricular activities, everything seemed pretty normal. At least so I thought.


Something started to get different. My skin. It started to change. I was developing these white patches all over my body. At first it was just a couple, but then a couple started to grow into more and form there, it just kept spreading; expanding on my body. From that point in time, my skin was no longer the same and who I was as a person started to change.


At that age all you really want to do is fit in. No one wants to be different. And right now, I was. My skin was discoloured. My face, my hands, my arms, my knees, my legs, my feet were all affected. All I wanted to do was cover up.
I remember going to numerous doctors and specialists to find out what was wrong with me. I recall speaking to a dermatologist numerous times who prescribed a cream which I constantly used continuously for months and months in the hope would take these marks away, but they did not work.

All I wanted to do was be covered up and for no one to see this side of me because I thought that I would be seen as different and not like everybody else. But to my surprise, nobody cared. My family, my friends, everyone I knew still saw me as the same Kimberley they knew before I was diagnosed with vitiligo.

Vitiligo is a skin disorder that causes a loss of colour in certain areas of the skin and are usually in little patches. It occurs when the melanocytes; pigment-producing cells that create melanin (located in the bottom layer of the skins epidermis), have died or stoped functioning. It has been proposed that vitiligo is an auto-immune disease, whereby the immune system mistakenly targets its own body and thus, the melanocytes in the skin.
I am so grateful to have such great friends and family that I was not ever seen as or treated different. And what I can say is that over the years, now nearly 13 years of having this disorder, it has not affected me once. Yes, there were days where I wished I didn’t have the disorder and that I wish the patches on my knees couldn’t be seen in the short dress I was wearing, but I never it impact the way I felt or what I wanted to do or in this case, wear.

Yes, people ask me about it and I try and explain it the best I can. But I have vitiligo and I am not ashamed about it. I live a normal life and it does not impact me at all. Skin conditions are common and wether it be acne, dry skin, psoriasis or something else, everyone has their own story.

The only real piece of advice I can give anyone is don’t let anyone or anything define you. It shouldn’t stop you from living your life to the fullest and accomplishing all of your goals. Be confident in who you are and trust me when I say this, your inner-confidence will over shine everything else.
Love Kim xoxo

P.S. If you do have any questions about vitiligo or are curious about the disorder, I will be happy to answer you as well as hear about any similar experiences 🙂 xx

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