Vitiligo Skin Disorder and Body Image Issues
(Guest Blog by – Anon)
Issues Pertaining To Body Image And Vitiligo
Body Image Issues – Summer is the time of the year when women get to show off their bodies the most. It seems as though the short shorts, skirts, and bikinis all come out as soon as the summer heat emerges. Because of a childhood allergic reaction, I am one of the few women who does not feel as though she has the same luxuries as others. I am one of a small population of people who has vitiligo, and I cover up my body because of it.
When it first surfaced, the light patches did not bother me because I was only a child. But as I aged, the trends in fashion were geared more towards showing skin in places that I was not used to showing it in. Shorter shorts, skirts, or even shirts, were not an option for me due to the embarrassment I felt about my scars.
Things got even during bikini season. While other girls my age were able to show off their figures with two piece bathing suits, I felt insecure and hid my own body in a one piece. I just felt so ashamed and I knew that others, boys in particular, would ridicule me for these hideous light patches.
Once I was old enough, my parents took me to the doctor to see if there was anything that could be done about them. With the help of oral steroids, many of the light patches on my torso disappeared. However, they did not all disappear, and I still felt the need to keep myself covered.
I was at a slumber party when a group of girls jumped on me and began tickling me; I felt terrified once I realized that they had all seen my scars. But my horror was soon over as I realized that none of the girls even cared, and those that did only had a few questions about them. That moment gave me the strength to look at myself and realize that I really wasn’t all that different than anyone else.
I used to keep my body covered both at home and in public, but I really see no need to do this anymore. The body that I was born with is the only one that I will ever have; I have the choice of either rejecting it, or embracing it. It’s going to take some time for me to truly love it, but I’m ready to try.
One day I might event be ready to tackle nudism! Me??? A Nudist??? Now that would be amazing!