Our favourite Vitiligo Model's Story is a must read on Vitiligo Day
Prarthana Jagan's story is why we need to progress as a society.
As a kid, I loved playing cricket in my colony, we’d start at around 10am and play until the sun went down.
I was about 10 years old when I was fascinated with sports, I’d run until my legs could fall off, cycle until the chains wore out.
These were normal behaviours of a child until when I turned 11 and things shaped me into becoming the woman I am today.
Growing up I had a couple of skin related issues, I had this fungal infection where white spots would appear all over my chest and back.
A dermat suggested I put an oil (I can’t remember the name) and stand in the sun for the infection to wear off.
It worked like magic!
So, one morning I woke up, I’m brushing my teeth and I see a faint white spot on my forehead.
I thought it was because I hadn’t de-wormed in a while and they were appearing (common occurrence when you’re a kid).
Drank the deworming syrup and prayed that the spot went away the next day; it only grew bigger.
My dermat thought it was the fungal infection spreading onto my face and asked me to do the same procedure again. Vitiligo was very under researched at that point.
The thing with vitiligo is, it burns when you’re underneath the sun without protection.
My skin barrier was so weak, the vitiligo spread a lot faster and wider.
After maybe a week or two the doctor broke the news to us, this strange spot is called Vitiligo.