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Why vitiligo inspired me to write a children’s book

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Why vitiligo inspired me to write a children's book

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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About the Author

Danielle Wheeler

Danielle Wheeler is a proud vitiligan, vegan and marathon runner from Mississippi.  She first developed vitiligo roughly 7 years ago and had no clue as to what it was. She quickly learned about vitiligo after carrying out her own research and has wanted to write a children’s book about vitiligo ever since. This is her first book. She hopes it will inspire young children and others to embrace the skin they’re in. Danielle lives in Chicago with her husband and two tuxedo cats, LuLu & Taye Diggs.

Danielle Wheeler is a proud vitiligan, vegan and marathon runner from Mississippi.  She first developed vitiligo roughly 7 years ago and had no clue as to what it was. She quickly learned about vitiligo after carrying out her own research and has wanted to write a children’s book about vitiligo ever since. This is her first book. She hopes it will inspire young children and others to embrace the skin they’re in. Danielle lives in Chicago with her husband and two tuxedo cats, LuLu & Taye Diggs.