I started noticing my daughter’s patches in 2015, but I never paid much attention to it as I thought it was just an allergic reaction. I can recall that Amina had the patches from age 1 which later disappeared, which is why I did not take it seriously as I was informed by someone that it was a reaction to the formula she was drinking at the time.
One day when we were attending a family funeral, an elderly lady pointed at my daughter and mentioned that she had skin cancer. The experience led me to make an appointment with a dermatologist who confirmed that my daughter had vitiligo.
We are very fortunate that more and more people are becoming aware of vitiligo, so we haven’t been exposed to bad treatment. She is accepting herself each day and all is going well.We haven’t had any ill treatment from her school or home, perhaps it’s because her vitiligo is still slightly small. I am not sure what to expect when it continues to grow and spread to other body parts, but we will take each day as it comes.
Story narrated by Amina’s mother Nombuso Nkabinde