I developed morphea on my lower abdomen around the time I was twelve years old. I am now twenty-one. I had no idea what it was and did not think it was anything serious, so I kept it to myself for about two years.
Then one night I showed my best friend, and she immediately insisted that I show my parents. After visiting many physicians who were clueless, a dermatologist told me I had generalized morphea, but he did not know much else about it.
Since that time many new areas have become affected. Not only are they all around my midsection, I now have many spots on my breasts and have recently found a spot on the back of my knee.
I am sure that more will appear, but that's all right. What is the sense in worrying about it? If a treatment is found, great! As long as I have my faith, no problem is too great!
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Story submitted: 11-26-02
Story Editor: Sherry Jo Young
Story Preparer: Judith R. Thompson
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