This is a story of a brave woman who was not afraid to embrace her health condition in an amazing way with the support of her partner. 32-year-old Kandice Benford noticed white blotches beginning to spread over her body shortly before her wedding day. Developing the skin condition vitiligo before her big day was probably due to wedding-planning anxiety. The bride, of Terry, Mississippi, tied the knot with 30-year Elliott, last year and as they are celebrating their anniversary, Kandice has a powerful message for people having the same condition.
Kandice admits she ‘freaked out’ when white blotches began to spread over her body shortly before her wedding day. She was left in tears after finding out that she has developed vitiligo. According to Wikipedia, “vitiligo is a long-term skin condition characterized by patches of the skin losing their pigment”. The condition is an autoimmune disorder with an unknown cause, but stress and emotional trauma can act as triggers.
The then-bride thought that her condition was triggered by the stress of planning her wedding
But it’s not how it all started. Kandice first noticed white spots on her hands when she was at college in her late teens.
“I had a spot here and there and I had heard about vitiligo so I knew what it was but I didn’t really care about it at the time,” she said. The disease didn’t spread until she hit 30 in 2015, which was less than a year before her wedding.
Interestingly, Kandice’s husband-to-be, Elliott Benford, who is now 30, was also sick at the time which was another thing that the bride-to-be worried about at the time.
“I think stress triggered it because when I got stressed I started seeing a more prominent spot on my nose and it started spreading more,” Kandice said. “It was like it happened overnight.”
For her wedding day, November 5, 2016, the bride tried to cover the spots with make-up at first, but her supportive husband convinced her otherwise. After one year, the spots spread rapidly and are now all over her body. Over the course of a year, the white spots spread and now they cover her entire body.
Now, as the couple celebrates their first anniversary, Kandice is more confident than ever. Also, she likes to inspirе other women with the same condition so they can embrace their bodies.
“I was really down about it at first,” she admits
“You see yourself every day for 30 years and then one morning you wake up and you look different.”
Nowadays, Kandice says she wouldn’t want to be without it as vitiligo makes her unique.
“Vitiligo has honestly made me a stronger person,” she added. “At first, the stares made me feel very very uncomfortable but now I look at those people and wave. To anyone else going through this, you need to love yourself. Be patient with yourself. You are stronger than you think.”
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