It was not that long ago that I published a video done by Lori and April Mitchell about April’s life with Vitiligo. That video can be seen by clicking <here>. I was visiting my Facebook page today and found that Lori had posted another video at Blip TV where Lori and April discuss people, their differences and similarities.
Vitiligo affects different people in different ways. Every day on the phone I’m chatting with people who have Vitiligo and people whose kids have Vitiligo and sometimes it’s a real challenge to have a reasonable conversation. Many of the people are deeply affected by their Vitiligo and others are very nonchalant. The nonchalant are seem well adjusted and are looking to treat their disease and re-pigment areas of their body which for the most part are visible to folks they are talking to. Others are in tears or close to it and are emotionally involved with their disease or that of their children.
Many parents that I chat with are too emotionally connected to the disease and its effect on their child. It’s easy to see that moms and dads who are too emotional are probably making their child feel different rather than the same.
April Mitchell is one of those kids (now 19) whose Mom took the right approach and found ways to discuss April’s differences while focusing on the real April, beneath the skin. April makes reference to a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt who said “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” With Lori’s help April has learned that she is the same as everyone else with one simple difference as she has two-tone skin.
I met April and Lori in 1999 or 2000 at a Vitiligo conference just after Lori had written and illustrated her book “Different Just Like Me“. April and Lori were being interviewed by a local news channel near Tampa.
April and her Mom discuss Vitiligo in an interesting Video.