Friday, February 8, 2008

Reporter Battles Vitiligo

His once brown, even complexion is now mottled with pale patches around his eyes and mouth, along his nose and on his ears; his arms, shoulders and chest are speckled and blotched.

"I'm a black man turning white on television and people can see it," says Thomas, an anchor and entertainment reporter for the local Fox Broadcasting Company affiliate. "If you've watched me over the years, you've seen my hands completely change from brown to white."

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Having had this disease for over 30 years I have been so grateful to be light-skinned, but I can relate to the emotional battle since I have to avoid the sun to prevent tanning and the susceptibility to skin cancer. Being a nature person, it's not been easy, but that's why I have a love affair with forests.

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