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Humans of San Marcos: Monique Valle

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Monique Valle, social work graduate student, studying in Rhea's Ice Cream Shop on the square.
Monique Valle, social work graduate student, studying in Rhea's Ice Cream Shop on the square

Photo by Arielle Raveney | Lifestyle Reporter

“I got vitiligo when I was 16. Basically, it’s the loss of pigmentation of the skin. After I got it my hair started coming out white. I’ve been to so many doctors and no one really knows why it happens and there is no cure for it. I was on medication for about 3 years and it kind of helped but it made me an ugly person; it changed my attitude so I stopped taking it. It took me a while to get used to it and now I’m just like ‘this is me’ and I can’t do anything about it. I have learned to embrace that. It was scary (at first) because I was in high school and it’s a phase with bullies and kids and they don’t really understand it. I went through a little depression with that, but my family is very supportive and they helped me through that. I have learned to love myself.”

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