My Vitiligo Story: Part 2-Treatment Experience

I vividly remember the first day I went for this treatment. When the nurse was treating my spots, my skin felt very hot for a couple of seconds. It was as if my skin was burning, similar to a sunburn. The day after I got my first treatment, the spots on my skin were red and I had blisters. Not only did my spots hurt, but I also felt very self-conscious going to school with blisters on my face. I applied topical creams (which were part of my treatment at the time) and I also used aloe vera gel to soothe my spots. But the creams and the green aloe vera gel would cake up by the time school ended, making a gooey, green mess on my face. At first, it hurt a lot. I actually cried when I thought no one else was looking. However, I eventually mustered courage and slowly became adjusted to the procedure. In addition, on treatment days my parents would get me my favorite sandwich at Panera Bread or Subway, which definitely was something to look forward to at the end of my visit. I went for treatments after school on Tuesdays and Fridays. Thankfully, I went to a small school where nearly everybody knew that I had a skin condition, and didn’t really prod me with any questions. If someone didn’t know about my condition, they would sometimes ask me about it.

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