Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Unconditional Love - Bride With Vitiligo on her Wedding Day

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words so other than the title, there may not be any better caption for this photo. A lot of us think we have to be perfect to achieve our goals, be they personal or career wise, but all we need is to accept ourselves, inside and out. And when we are with the people who love us for who we are, there is freedom.


Ogo Maduewesi who shared this photo on Facebook is the founder of the Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation (VITSAF) in Nigeria and this is from their website.

Vitiligo is a condition in which people lose melanin – the pigment that gives skin its color – resulting in white patches of skin. While the exact cause of vitiligo is unknown, it has been confirmed that an autoimmune component plays a strong rolle in the disease. The chronic nature of the condition, long term treatment, lack of uniform effective therapy and unpredictable cause of the condition has a significant impact upon the quality of life for individuals living with vitiligo.

Vitiligo can begin at any age, but in half of all affected patients, its onset is noted before the age of twenty. In more than half, there is a family history of vitiligo or early greying of hair. In most cases, periods of rapidly extending hypo-pigmentation occur. After several months, the number and size of the light areas become stable and may remain so for several years; other episodes of pigment loss may occur later on, however often following stress or trauma, and the hypopigmentation may spread.

Most patients with vitiligo are in good general health. Although 1 – 2% of the general population has vitiligo, the incidence is 8 – 20% in people with adrenocortical insufficiency, hyperthyroidism, alopecia areata, pernicious anemia, melanoma, scleroderma, morphea, and certain types of uveitis. Three different hypotheses have been advanced to explain the cause of vitiligo: autoimmunity, neurochemical factors, and self-destruction of melanocytes. Research on the cause is continuing.







31 comments:

  1. For her wedding day foundation would have worked fine.

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    1. Foundation all over her body? And then after the wedding...what next? Sock herself in mud? Please think well.

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    2. it would have worked fine but what would the point have been? To present herself as what she is not?

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    3. Why if I may ask?
      She is comfortable in her own skin likewise her husband so why do you want her to worry about what you think when for sure the society doesnt really care.....
      Still the issue we are talking about, Societal expectation and demand or maybe you probably sell one of those.
      We have a very young couple in South Africa as well as he married her with Vitiligo (an extensive one)https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151135553759562&set=t.1292981093&type=1&theater

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    4. wow, lets see your face please.you come here to say that? go pick a book and educate yourself.

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    5. Anon August 07, 2013 9:35 PM next time leave a proper comment and move on. You don't have to show you are ill bred. Hypocrite.

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  2. Good question! Happy married life to the couple

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  3. Why should she have used foundation? I am glad that she has accepted who she is and is living her life well.

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  4. Myne I cried really hard when I saw this pic and their show of love. When I was very little my Aunty had this same condition. She was always sick and was always in pains then but people didn't know what was wrong with her. They mocked her everywhere she went. Going to the market was hell for her. Ceremonies was a No No for her,because the stare she gets from people alone was terrible. To the extent that her husband abandoned her and her kids. There are some terrible things I can't even say here now. My parents became her best friends they took care of her until she eventually died.
    May God bless this lovely couple and give them the strength to keep growing in love.

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    1. So sorry to read about your Aunt and what she had to go through, am really wondering if it was Vitiligo she had, vitiligo is actually not painful, there are other pigmentation disorders like scleroderma.....

      The husband, unfortunately most of them are like that here in Naija....

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  5. Woww...True love..always beautiful

    www.spynaija.blogspot.com

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  6. Blessings....
    Ain't nothing but a thang. My cousin's got it and moves through the world with confidence and vigor, she's an assertiveness trainer for troops, a medic, been all over the world. My point, there are worst things and you got to live your life regardless cause you only got one, might as well make it a quality one.

    peace.

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    1. Great your Cousin is so confident, bet you she had her own share of the distress before she braced it up like most of us, that is not enough to say 'Ain't nothing but a thang', I bet your cousins's is not as extensive s this lady's and she doesn't face our societies utterances which is beyond stares and comments, but telling you to your face that what you are living with is nemesis, a curse, anger of the gods and all what not.........
      I work on this cause and can tell you that is not even about the extensiveness, but the fact that something is not right and it affects the appearance and most especially when it is still progressing and you cant really choose where it can be.

      Even though you have seen your cousin through this, I can tell you, you dont want to live with this even 10% of the lady's.

      She is a bold and positive lady, great inspiration to so many, this singular pics has impacted lives positively and am really proud and proud of her

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    2. Ogo I think you misunderstood rhapsody. She used that as a slang for the fact that you can live life regardless of vitiligo. Read her words with an open mind and you will realize that you are saying the exact same thing.

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  7. lovely... God bless their marriage. and she doesn't need to wear any foundation. www.secretlilies.com

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  8. My mother had Vitiligo. She was the only one we know of in the family to have it. I wish she could have been as comfortable in her skin as this young bride appears to be. Congrats to her on her marriage.

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    1. Sad to hear about your mum's....... possibly one of her grand parents may have had it and possibly not too
      Hope you know that Vitiligo is somewhat genetic (research says 30%, not to scare you, but feel you all should be very informed and include much more foods sich in antioxidant in your dailies.

      My best

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  9. I have Vitiligo myself and I've seen many beautiful brides but this young lady is simply gorgeous!I'm sure her husband sees and values her beauty-both the aesthetic and the inner one and I'd love to wish them well on their journey together.

    I'm sorry for the person who mentioned foundation as if that is a prerequisite!I wish I had that young lady's confidence to go without camouflage makeup-but I don't.Its not for anyone to judge how another person ought to appear and that kind of body fascism is why people develop such chronic issues and self-hatred and sometimes feel like their life is meaningless because they are not "perfect" or "normal"...Comments such as these make me wonder about the level of self-hatred the person making them has and why they cannot see a beautiful young woman-who looks so completely happy,on the happiest day of her life.

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    1. My dear pls tell them, I see from ur write up that truly u person and God also will give u the best.

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  10. This is really great Myne, really appreciate this as this goes a long way to enlighten and educate. So grateful.....

    Please join us sign our petition on www.worldvitiligoday.org as we advocate for official approval of World Vitiligo day 25 June

    Thank you

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  11. This vitiligo is what Michael Jackson had & it was confirmed in his autopsy report,but ppl were saying all sorts of mean things that he didn't want to be black,as an entertainer did ppl want him to walk around like this?
    His first child has it now because it's heriditary.

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    1. His first child has it now because it's hereditary.
      False!

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    1. All the best to this Young couple. They are an example to follow, be yourself don't hide yourself! Do not change what you are to please others. Nice picture, nice couple!
      From Vitiligo Montreal Quebec

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  13. WELL DONE OGO (MY CAMPAIGN QUEEN) happy married life to the unique couple. OGO babes remember the only friend that calls u QUEEN OF CAMPAIGN. the Lord is ur strength dear.

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  14. Happy for them. My skin is smooth and no hubb yet. It is well

    Their case is God doing. Wish them the best.

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  15. OMG.they are beautiful,my hubby showed his first signs of vitiligo@40 nd he has had it for kbout one nd haf yrs.in as much as I stil love him wit it,I sincerely bliv God wil cleanse him thoroughly.pls any info on its treatment,I wil gladly jump@it.Ogo tanks

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  17. I had vitiligo for 8 years now and I had tried different treatments (PUVA, topical steroid, meladinine cream/solution with exposure to sunlight/PUVA, oral meladinine, oil of bergamot). The vitiligo covered my neck, and one-fourth of my face. I looked for another dermatologist because i lost hope with my past dermatologists. Then somebody recommended me a good natural treatment and it worked very well. Now i'm 90% cured. With only 1 1/2 month of treatment. Watch this review, it helped me a lot: www.naturalvitiligotreatmentsystems.com

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