At the age of 14 my life with Vitiligo began to drastically change. I was confused, I cried I screamed so loud that both of my parents ran to my room and saw that the color on my face was white. My mother took me the dermatologist, only for him to say: "Mrs. Phillips you have what is called Vitiligo, there is no cure for this pigmentation condition, it will only spread." How fast?, nobody knew...
You could even say he had given me an age of when I would become entirely "white". The given age was 42. That being said it was 21 years ago; I am now 35 years old.
I was in High School and felt I was going to be unwanted by my friends at school, I have to say even then, God was with me, my friends loved me even more to the point they asked me to continue to be me around them with or without makeup that my heart was still the same. I still was insecure of this pigmentation that started on my face, so i kept pushing my mother, Emma Phillips to find a dermatologist that could bring my color back, my mother spent so much money and time only to still here the same result, "Mrs. Phillips there's nothing we can do, it will just continue to spread all over". My father had a family meeting, being the baby of 5 siblings; 3 brothers and 1 sister, they held me and said no matter what happens that I am their baby girl and because the top layer of my skin color fades off, it is my heart that draws people in life to not see it as something bad.
At age 30 someone asked me if I had AIDS, I just wanted to die right then and there, cause knowing that every day from here out my Vitiligo would spread more and more. But I thank God I have a praying family that never ever makes me feel I am not important in this life and for my 4 beautiful children who lets me know they're not embarrassed when I don't wear makeup on my face or even be out in public with them, they love my heart for loving them and in this life Vitiligo can make me, you, anyone have a suicidal thought go through their mind just the thought because we know we weren’t born with this but we know it's about how we get through it that will determine our strong will not to feel that you are not pretty or beautiful, whether male or female young or old, just know we are important.
We are somebody, everyone is! My favorite Bible verse is from Genesis 1:27 "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."
I pray this short story will help someone along the way…