Bride Developed Vitiligo On Her Face Right Before Her Wedding Day And Handled It Like A Champ
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Everyone says that planning a wedding is stressful, but you truly don’t understand how trying it can be until you’re actually in the midst of doing it. For bride Kandice Benford of Mississippi, she was stressed more than the usual soon-to-be Mrs. because her fiancé found himself ill around the same time they were planning their nuptials last year.
“It was really stressful,” Benford said while chatting with SELF. “I was worried about him.”
It was during this time of immense stress that Benford saw a spot develop on her nose. It soon went from being just on her nose to developing on other parts of her face here and there.
“I thought it was going to go away, but it spread a little,” she said.
Benford had initially hoped the spots would disappear because when she was in college, she’d seen similar ones pop up that didn’t stay long. “It appeared on my finger and my doctor said it would go away,” she said. “It did — it just came and went.” So did other small spots that would appear occasionally.
But this time around, the spots stayed and were present on her face as her wedding day approached. According to SELF, Benford’s doctors told her that the immense stress of her wedding and her partner’s health struggles may have triggered vitiligo.
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, all part of the National Institute of Health, vitiligo is thought to be an autoimmune disease that sometimes runs in families. Though there is no clear cause for vitiligo, the Institute states that a number of people have claimed that they developed vitiligo, or their cases of it got worse, following sunburns and emotional distress.
What for many could have been a truly harrowing experience, Benford found herself trying to make the best of her condition and situation and wore light makeup on her wedding day. The vitiligo didn’t take away from the importance and fun of her big day.
She also received support from her husband, who was better by the time their wedding approached.
“I used to try to cover it up but now I just embrace it and be me,” she said. “He always told me I didn’t need to cover it up because I’m beautiful with it.”
There are treatment options that people with vitiligo can try, including medications and anti-inflammatory creams, but Benford isn’t interested in any of them right now. Instead, she encourages others to work, slowly but surely, on coming to terms with it.
“Just love yourself and be patient,” Benford said to SELF. “You’re stronger than you think.”