My name is Tanner. I have had Vitiligo since I was about six years old. I remember going to the doctor to find out what was happening to my skin, but I’ve lived with Vitiligo so long that I can’t really remember what it was like not having it. My Vitiligo doesn’t bother me all that much, although sometimes I get tired of people staring at me when they see it for the first time. I can usually stop the staring by explaining what Vitiligo is, but I’ve had a few people who didn’t believe me! They’d rather believe I was burned or something crazy like that, so every now and then, I’ll make up a story instead of trying to explain!
Before I knew about Stella and the AVRF, I was the only kid I knew that had this condition. Now, for the past four years, I’ve attended the annual AVRF conference. Because of this, I have many friends from all over the United States and even some other countries. The conference gets more fun every year! My new friends have the same kind of problems as I have and know what it’s like to have Vitiligo. Thanks Stella – I hope you and the AVRF are around for a long time!