Emma Thomson has been battling bullies and vitiligo since she was 13 years old. The rare skin condition causes discoloration.
“I had one very small white spot on my spine. It gradually appeared in other places like my face, all over my arms and legs, as well as my neck, which are the most affected areas,” Emma told Caters News.
Doctors told her there was no cure, which didn’t leave Emma too optimistic.
“I was told there was nothing they could do apart from applying steroid creams, which didn’t do anything, or light treatment, which could increase my risk of skin cancer,” she said.
However, after getting a tan during a vacation, Emma noticed that a freckle appeared where her vitiligo was. This convinced her that tanning could help her regain her complexion.
“The more I went into the sun, the more my skin would start to tan apart from my neck. It started to come back every year and consistently got better, never getting worse again,” she said. “When I noticed it was coming back so much I thought there must be a cure out there, despite being told there wasn’t one.”
Emma began to do research, and saw others had success by cutting sugar, wheat, and dairy. After making the dietary changes, she noticed her pigment returned.
“I would say about 80% of my pigment has returned; it’s just my neck left that still has more vitiligo patches, but apart from that no one notices,” she said.
Her new look has given her a confidence boost. Growing up, bullies and boys would make fun of her.
“The boys at school would say I had leprosy, call me a leopard, or just tell me I was ugly,” she said. “I’ve blocked out a lot of it, but I was very embarrassed. I even had a boyfriend split up with me because of vitiligo, and another didn’t want to go on a date with me because of it.”
Emma is sharing her story in hopes that it will inspire others to look for ways to treat their vitiligo.
“I’m hopeful that this could help others and have spoken to a lot of people who have worked on changing their diet and reducing their stress levels too,” she said.
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