When I was sixteen years of age I was diagnosed with morphea. I had spots of morphea on my hand, on the top part of my arms and on the top part of my leg.
The dermatologist took a biopsy of my hand and diagnosed this to be morphea. I was told they knew very little about this disease. He said if I had to have it I had the best kind, some kinds would get into your internal organs.
That was in 1984. Twenty-two years later I am fine except for some ugly spots on these places but they have lightened. Needless to say, I was very frightened as I did not know what to expect and neither did the doctor. He did say it was very rare.
I feel blessed that it ran its course without too much damage to my skin. Hopefully after this long it will never return.
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