My name is Danielle Wheeler and I've got spots. I like to call my vitiligo "spots" because to me, that's what they look like: beautiful spots of white, tanned skin.
I started noticing my spots about 7 years ago. The first one was under my armpit, and I was convinced that I’d cut myself shaving. Months later, I noticed my hands were starting to lose pigment. I was sure I must have gotten some sort of chemical on them, until I did some research and realised that the spots were vitiligo. I was babysitting for a dermatologist at the time and I asked her what it was. She confirmed my suspicions and wrote me a prescription for some topical creams. They were gloopy, uncomfortable, ineffective, and I honestly found it emotionally exhausting trying to re-pigment my skin.
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