YOUR STORY IN A NUTSHELL:
My name is Justine, I have had vitiligo for 12 years, I was 8 when my spots first appeared, it was summer, I thought I had a huge sunburn and that my skin was peeling when in fact my vitiligo was starting to grow on the tips of my fingertips.
Since then, my vitiligo has continued to increase. In 2014, I learned that my vitiligo was surely due to an imbalance of my thyroid (hyperthyroidism). I had a hard time accepting his spots appearing on my body, but over time, it became my strength to move forward, my fight!
YOUR MEDICAL CAREER:
I tried several creams for my vitiligo like vitix, protopic 0.01%, as well as several capsules but nothing worked.
I discovered a few years ago that vitiligo had several stages, and I am at the last stage, stage 3, the one that cannot be cured or in any case which has little chance of being cured.
As I said before, in 2014 I discovered that I had a thyroid disorder, in the meantime I had a stay in the hospital because I had migraines with aura (limbs on the right side that go numb).
YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE:
Trying to trivialize vitiligo in the eyes of everyone, to make this disease more common.
YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SUN:
I try to go out in the sun as little as possible, so as not to aggravate my vitiligo.
But the sun is my worst enemy as well as my best ally because it can also potentially redo dark spots.
HOW DO YOU PROTECT YOURSELF?
I put on sunscreen every 30 minutes, I try to go out in the sun as little as possible, and as soon as I go I take my accessories (sunglasses, hat, etc.)
“Make your imperfections your greatest strength.”
YOUR ADVICE FROM ‘GRANDMOTHER’:
The only thing I will have to say is that it is important to love your body, to take care of it and to protect yourself from anything that is harmful to it, such as the sun. Your body is a reflection of the inside, so take care of yourself!
You can find Justine on her Instagram account Vitiligo Girl