My vitiligo first appeared when I was around age 10 on one of my knees. My mother took me to the doctor not knowing what it was. Back then, they told us, that it must be a pituitary disorder. I started to develop another white patch on my other knee and I also remember that it started really tiny, looking like a birthmark. After that, I got patches on my elbows, my ankles and around one eye. I looked like a panda bear, which was also my nickname at school. But it was not like I felt bullied. Everyone accepted me the way I looked and I never felt ashamed. Everybody was telling me, how cute that I looked and that they liked my patches. What really helped was, the fact that I had really good friends loving me for who I am. It made me feel special.