Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Woman With Vitiligo Transformed With Make-up After 17 Years Of Horrendous Bullying

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Lisa had a normal, happy childhood until she noticed a white mark on her body when she was around seven years old, then it developed on to her leg and just kept spreading. Lisa suffered horrendous bullying while growing up with vitiligo and has bad memories of that period of her life.

"When I was in high school the kids were very mean to me. 'The abuse, the name-calling and the fighting were all very difficult to deal with. I would just go home and cry - I would always run home straight to my sister, she has always had my back and fought my battles for me.

I'm just so glad I had somebody there who would stick up for me and help me through the difficult times. The years of bullying have led me to always expect the worst when I'm out in public. It's really difficult.'

After 17 years of this suffering, Lisa has turned to a skin specialist, Dr Pearl Grimes, who recommended 'a course of Narrowband UV light therapy which should re-colour her skin.'

But the therapy could take some time to take effect, so in the short term Lisa has been given a specialist cover-up product. A computer generates a special formula after analysing images of Lisa's skin and it tells a dermatologist how much of each colour to use to cover over the white patches.

After the procedure, Lisa said:

'It just feels absolutely fantastic - to see the smile on my sister's face when she saw me really warms my heart and my soul. I feel like I can be me again.'

Lisa's story appears in a new series of Body Bizarre, which airs every Thursday at 9pm on TLC.

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