Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Protopic

So let's have a vitiligo update, shall we? Most of you reading this won't really care about the crazy things my skin is doing these days, but I also use this to reach out to the rare few that come here looking for answers when their skin has gone all kinds of crazy. I like to keep my family in the loop as well.

My awesome doctor who has been researching the heck out of my autoimmune disease has decided to try Protopic on my spots. If it works like it should, the ointment could possibly repigment my skin where I have lost color.

I've noticed that the spots are brought on by stress in my life. I have new spots that have developed within the last month or so. I've been watching and can see a very clear pattern to everything. If I experience a stressful situation, I can expect a change in my skin within two to three days. Normally if I see a spot on one side of my body, the next will appear of the other side in a very similar location. It's very symmetrical for me.

Emotionally, I think I'm dealing with it very well. I know many people with vitiligo get tied up in how it looks. I think my self esteem is much stronger than that. Honestly, my weight loss has helped that greatly. I mean, I went through three years of looking really awful to feeling much more comfortable in my own skin, pardon the pun. To me being heavier and a whole lot less healthy is ten times worse than getting blotchy spots and feeling better. Being overweight could kill me....vitiligo will not. If things get worse, I can always color my skin to camouflage the spots that bother me and I can apply quality makeup that covers better. Seriously, I could only see doing that when I'm around more strangers. On a daily basis I am surrounded by loving, supportive friends and family who can see just me. At the end of the day, I have to remember that God made me special. I am beautifully crafted by Him and He has a purpose for me. When I think of it that way, I couldn't be more okay with it.
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