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Iman: Morphea

When it got too hot and I would take off my jacket, people would be so disgusted with my arm.

Daisies for Iman by Sherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist My name is Iman and I was diagnosed with morphea when I was six years of age, and now I am fourteen years old. I do not know how I got it. I must of have forgotten. But when I got it, it was a brown spot.

The following year it started to get harder. And when it got harder it started to hurt me very badly. I would have sudden pain throughout my body.

For a long time I would try to hide it by always wearing sweaters or jackets or even long sleeve shirts all through the year. When it got too hot and I would take off my jacket, people would be so disgusted with my arm. I would always cry about it and I still do. I went to about fifteen different dermatologists throughout my life. They would just say that it is just dry skin, a common rash, or even eczema.

Finally, I found a doctor at the University of Chicago (where I live). She then told me that it was called morphea and she gave me this cream and it really gave me a boost in life to wear short sleeve shirts.

Even though I still have it, my case of morphea has gotten better in a week's time.

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Story edited 05-22-05 JTD
Story posted 06-18-05 SLE

ISN Senior Artist: Sherrill Knaggs
Story Editor: Judith Devlin
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