Hey Guys! Thanks for stopping by…Im not sure how you found me, but I’m glad you did!
I’d like to warmly welcome you to Being Just Us! My little space on the internet that became my storytelling platform in 2016 after I appeared on London Live to talk about the skin condition, vitiligo.
Vitiligo, for those who might not know, is a skin condition where white patches form on the skin due a lack of the skin chemical melanin, which gives us the pigment in our skin.
It’s a condition I developed when I was just 3 years old so we’ve been together for quite some time! It started innocently as a tiny patch on the back of my hand, which gradually developed, turning me 70% white by the time I was 4 years old. My skin is what brings me here today.
Aside from writing being my biggest passion, I decided to start Being Just Us because I felt as though there was a real lack of stories from people with vitiligo, the condition wasn’t being talked about enough and I wanted to give hope to those newly diagnosed with the condition. The little information that I did find, was often bleak or heavily focused on the medical side of the condition – ways to treat it, Dermatology, the challenges with being diagnosed and the work being done to find a cure. There was very little celebrating vitiligo and educating those about what it’s actually like living with a condition that is so vibrantly visible. It was something I desperately wanted to see. So I created Being Just Us with the aim of focusing on all aspects – the positive, honest and negative side to vitiligo….
My skin aside, let me give you a flavour of who I really am! One of my biggest passions in life is travelling and if I didn’t work full time, i’d spend much more time outside the UK in sunnier climates! There is nothing more satisfying than boarding a plane for a week in Dubai or a few days absorbing the sights in one of the worlds best cities! When I’m not doing my regular 9-5 city job, you’ll likely find me dining out in some of London’s finest restaurants, lining up Amaretto Sours whilst catching up with the girls after a long week or studying something new at college because education doesn’t stop at 21….and of course putting pen to paper planning my next blog post.
Being Just Us reflects the idea that there isn’t just one type of beauty, but multiple, irrespective of how we have been conditioned. The eye sees beauty in so many different ways which is finally how I see myself. Hopefully my journey will allow others to relate. Those moments when you can say ‘I felt like that’ or ‘I went through that’ because ultimately, meeting people with a unique and similar background to me, is what’s helped me with my own journey towards self acceptance.
My skin is a constant reminder of my past and present, and is the reason why Being Just Us has come to be what it is. This is for you as much as me. I look forward to connecting and sharing my unfinished journey with you….