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Old 12-07-2011, 10:03 AM
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Hi Kundi

My mother suffered from an illness called amyloidosis, but I never believed the diagnosis (doctors previously called her a hypochondriac). I assumed all her health problems were due to diabetes.

In 1996, five years after my mother died, I was diagnosed with amyloidosis (hereditary type). I was told I only have a few years left of eyesight, my face will become grossly disfigured, and I would soon lose my mobility. After watching my mother suffer and die from this illness, it threw me into a deep depression and caused me to be terrified of my future.

After a while I realized I was only hurting myself by staying in that frozen moment. My worry/dread won't make the illness go away, and it was making life that much harder. I thought of my relatives (now deceased) who suffered from this illness without the benefits of modern medicine, and I drew from their courage and strength. If they could live their lives with this illness, so can I.

I hope you don't have vitiligo. If you wake up one day and discover you DO have vitiligo, I hope it won't bother you too much. If it does, think of your ancestors and others who have mustered the courage to live with the condition.
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