Living Dappled is full of uplifting stories about girls with vitiligo who own their spots. But don’t let these inspiring stories fool you – we need a cure for vitiligo and we need it badly.
For each girl that has accepted her skin and found a way to live happily and freely, there are countless more girls who struggle every day. And even the girls featured on the front of magazines and online blogs have days and moments where they struggle too.
Living Dappled was created to celebrate the confidence and courage within the vitiligo community. But we’re also here to have honest conversations about how difficult a life with vitiligo is – and encourage people to do something about it.
Given a choice, we would choose a cure for vitiligo in a heartbeat.
Without a doubt, we want a cure. We want a cure for every girl who feels alone when she reads stories about girls who own their spots. We want a cure for every girl who is going to cry herself to sleep tonight. We want a cure for every girl who doesn’t remember the last time she actually felt beautiful.
There is deep, raw pain buried beneath a life with vitiligo. And we can’t forget that. Behind each confident moment, you often find a dark mental struggle. Or you find girls living in denial and trying to pretend they don’t have spots. The mental and social suffering of our community is real.
So while we will continue to talk about “choosing happiness, seeking courage and building confidence” each and every day, we will also be fighting for a cure.
You can choose to be happy with what you have today while seeking a better tomorrow. And that is what Living Dappled is all about.
Erika Page is a writer and blogger with universal vitiligo. Her first spots appeared on her spine when she was seven years old and today vitiligo covers her entire body. Based just south of Washington, D.C., Erika founded Living Dappled to create a community of inspiration and hope for girls and women living with vitiligo.