This is a picture of me about 3.5 years ago showing the first few freckles that heralded my re-pigmentation. As you can see, the only areas of normal skin colour were on my shoulders and the outermost portion of my upper arms. Like most people with widespread vitiligo, I always dreaded the summer because it meant covering up or trying to camouflage the large expanses of luminious white skin.
This is me this summer (2013). All the freckles that have been gradually filling in those previously white areas have gradually joined up to the point where I am almost back to an even tan.
After almost 50 summers spent agonising over my disappearing pigment, it is bliss to be able to wear what I want and spend as much time outdoors as I want.
Take heart if you have vitiligo - even if you have had it for a very long time like I did. It does not necessarily follow that you will have it for the rest of your life. You don't have to just accept it if you don't want to. People do recover :)
My name is Caroline.