When I was fifteen years old, somebody at school pointed out to me the fact that there was a white spot in the middle of my forehead, just below the hairline. I thought it was nothing, but then more people started to notice. I realized that this spot was actually growing. So I decided to go see my doctor, and he measured the spot. He told me to come back next week, to see if it was actually growing like I thought it was.
Next week the spot was three times bigger! My doctor sent me to a dermatologist, and the dermatologist took two skin samples. When I went back two weeks later, the dermatologist told me he was not sure what the spot was. He then let about six other doctors come in and look at me. Then the doctors debated for about a half hour and they told me it was scleroderma en coup de sabre. Unfortunately, they did not know anything about it so I looked it up on the internet. Not a good thing to do, especially not when the first stories you get to read are the ones about diffuse scleroderma. I totally panicked.
Luckily, a scleroderma group from California sent me a booklet, in which they explained my situation. I was so relieved.
I am twenty-two years old now, and the scleroderma is still there. I have a white stripe dividing my forehead into two parts, and I think there might be something growing next to it on the right side. I hope there are people that read this story before they jump to the wrong conclusions, like I did!
If you want to to contact me, feel free to do so.
With many thanks to all the people who have tried to put as much information out there as there is.
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Story posted 1-9-04 SS
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