You guys!! I have been so excited to blog this session, you have no idea! I love to work on personal projects and I always have something completely different up my sleeve.
A few months back, I got the itch to meet someone with vitiligo and ask them questions and photograph the beauty of their skin. I put it out there in the world and someone replied pretty quickly! I was so excited!!!
When I met Lorena, thought she was gorgeous immediately!!! I ended up totally clicking with her personality, we vibed well, she is just an awesome down to earth, amazing woman.
I could write all day long about how gorgeous I think she is inside and out but I decided to ask her for her side of the story, and how she feels about her skin. She wrote me back and I would rather quote her directly.
Here's what she wrote: "Started when I was 14. A tiny spot on my right thumb. I was hoping it was just sun spots. I was devastated when the dermatologist told me it was vitiligo aka the Michael Jackson disease. The doc said it would continue to progress and I was in denial. I remember being a little girl and being mesmerized by people with vitiligo but not in a positive way. So knowing I would be like that was hard to swallow. I've tried many treatments; rx creams, sitting out in the sun with placenta on the non pigmented spots, rattlesnake skin, teas, herbs, etc. Nothing has worked. I have a difficult relationship with the disease. I was embarrassed. I would go on dates and sit on my hands, dreading the moment my date would ask 'what's that on your hands?' or 'why are your hands like that?' It has progressed immensely as the years have gone by, but I have learned to accept it now. This is who I am. How I was meant to be. Vitiligo has certainly humbled me. The disease has shown me what it is to be different."
Isn't she amazing?!!