Is this hereditary? How am I the only to get it? I have two children and neither of them have this. No one in my family has this. The only thing I can rely on is knowing that hyperthyroidism runs through all of the females in my mother's side. They are also all white. I'm the first colored child throughout all of my mother's family line. My skin is dark. Dad's family doesn't have any of this either.
And none of them think this is a big deal. It began on my genitals after birthing my first child. I naively thought maybe the spots were scars from the eventful birth. But during a paps appointment well after my second child was two - they had grown and spread, and my doctor said: "Oh, you have vitiligo." I said, "Sh*t, what std is that?" (I'm in a steady relationship, I've never had an std, it seemed like a relevent question to the situation, I'm not implying anything...)
She said it wasn't a big deal either, and to think about pursuing further info when it becomes more of a concern. Six months later its on my left shoulder. So occasionally I feel like cutting it out.. Why should everyone's reaction be to belittle my concerns and guilt trip me for being vain?
No one has taken me seriously because it's just starting, and I doubt they've ever seen anyone with it before. I myself have only ever met one other person with vitiligo, before I was well aware of my own beginnings.