My parents were concerned about a hardening of the skin on the middle of my chest that appeared when I was about five. I did not change or grow very much in the next ten years. It appeared to just be growing with the skin as I grew and was and the spot is about the size of two quarters.
Then when our family home burned down when I was fifteen, my mother noticed a new bruising appearing on my back which was exactly on the other side of my body from where the spot is on the front of my chest.
They took me to a dermatologist who diagnosed me with linear morphea and said it would not become internal.
I am not secure with this just because of the fact that these diseases are fairly rare and little is known. I do believe that stress activates mine.
There has been times in the past ten years that the back one has darkened, and I think it appeared because of the loss of our house.
I am twenty-five now and only have the two spots that I deal with pretty easily. I just hope it doesn't get worse.
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Story edited 07-08-2010 JTD
Story posted 07-12-2010 SLE
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