My name is Mohammad Naved. I am 31 years old, originally from Delhi, India. I live and work now in Kolkata, India. I have had vitiligo since I was 15 years old. Vitiligo is a non-contagious skin condition in which pigment is lost form the skin causing white patches, it's thought to affect about 4% of the world's population. It is not known what causes it (although a number of theories do exist) and currently there is no cure. As far as my vitiligo is concerned, the stress factors played a role. I was stressed during my childhood and well into my teenage years. There was a fear factor that existed in me during this period of my life. Perhaps, because I was bullied by some guys or by the leather belt of my virtuous tutor where I would attend after school.
Despite these things happening in my life, I continued my education. I give that credit to my late grandmother. I pursued a master's degree in computer applications. My grandmother always pushed me, motivated me to pursue my education, and taught me to be honest. I was often inclined to sports. I have many fond memories of my time with my grandfather. He always supported me and would visit the playground to watch me as a child. He was the true definition of fighter/hero. I excelled at playing cricket. I learned through this sport how to become a fighter. This as a result, helped me later to overcome my struggles with vitiligo.
I lived a normal life for the most part. As I become older, I realized that others would become more hurtful. There were so many instances where I was bullied due to my skin color. Some people would show empathy towards me, while others would treat me badly. As a result, I would often times have strong thoughts of suicide. I started to analyze my life. I felt inspired through the love of my grandfather and the few good friends that stood by me in my life. I had a choice. Suicide or fight! I made a conscious decision to fight! Fight within myself, with the person who is weak enough to accept his skin condition. I accepted my skin and I started loving it. Just as if I was falling in love with a beautiful girl!
My love life was complicated until that day I met Angel. She always stood by my side. She even knew me better than I knew myself. She was positive, pious, dignified and extremely intelligent. She also has the same skin condition as me, vitiligo. She taught me how to love, how to trust and how to stand firm with your partner during the worst situations in life. She became my reason for happiness and positivity!
During my journey with vitiligo, I have tried many different treatments for vitiligo. Hoping for a cure. From desi, homeopathic, to pathetic... For me, the best was unani medicines, initially. However, I stopped this treatment after having severe blistering after applying their lotion in sunlight. I was too exposed to sunlight on a daily basis, so determined it best to avoid this treatment option. I did much research on the internet. I read many articles about vitiligo. Cures, diets, etc. In the end, I developed my own formula for helping me cope. I focused on a nutritious diet which can help tremendously in regaining natural skin pigmentation. I did stick with the diet and incorporated jogging and yoga also into my life. In the end, I did regain skin color back on my chin.
I also decided to make others aware of vitiligo through videos and other mediums like blogs and social media. In conclusion, I must say that I am happy with vitiligo, because I have learned to accept it.
I am normal like other people, and I encourage always for others to treat me just as they would treat anyone else!