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Deeper than Skin: Inside the World of Vitiligo Patients

May 22nd, 2012 | By
Deeper than Skin: Inside the World of Vitiligo Patients

By NAOMI OGALDEZ
EL NUEVO SOL
Queens, New York-Isabel Goncalves was diagnosed when she was four years old. “I was overwhelmed, shocked, and cried when I heard the news of her diagnosis of vitiligo,” said Goncalves’ mother, Maria Gonzalez. Now that Goncalves is 12-years-old, eight years later, her skin depigmentation has spread throughout her whole body, except her face. “She is really confident. She doesn’t like to cover up her vitiligo, ” said Gonzalez. Even though, she is confident in her own skin, Goncalves said, people still look at her differently and, at times, make her the outcast. “On a daily basis, people are constantly making fun of me and they say I look like a cow. They are constantly saying I look weird. I am bullied,” she said. Gocalves has vitiligo.