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  • Writer's pictureMark Braxton

“A butterfly reminds us that there is always beauty at the end of all the pain.”

I have a simple vitiligo journey.

My vitiligo spots started in the mid-1990's. Over the course of several decades, it hasn't spread much on my face. The spots on my arms, hands, torso, legs and feet are constantly shifting and changing with age and time. I don't use any treatments. I'm allowing Vitiligo to experience what it's like to live my life.

I see Vitiligo as an important component of my personal evolution. My vitiligo is a reminder that the world is in a constant state of metamorphosis, and so are we.

Once we allow ourselves grace and understanding about what's happening to our skin, we begin to show ourselves compassion, self-care, and self-love. I became a pupil of my own life lessons the summer of 2019.

That summer, I released myself from my prison of insecurity, low self-esteem, pity, and seclusion. It was the beginning of my evolution! What used to stop me from enjoying life is the same obstacle that has given me a new purpose. I've evolved into a new man. A man that sees love as the foundation of all interactions. When I look in the mirror I no longer see vitiligo, I see Mark. I no longer see who I was, I see who I am now, and who I want to be in the future.

We have to continue to show love and acceptance for all people; family, friends, colleagues, our enemies, and most of all, ourselves. You may have vitiligo, but vitiligo doesn't have you. Be who you were meant to be. Reach into the depths of your soul and allow that man or woman to flourish.

You are more than your skin and your life is more than your vitiligo journey. It's your life, live it in love!

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