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TV presenter Leonna Mayor speaks on vitiligo ‘in hope it’d assist others’


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  • Presenter and rider Leonna Mayor has opened up about residing with vitiligo to boost consciousness of the pores and skin situation and assist assist others.

    Leonna, a well-recognized determine on ITV and Sky Sports activities Racing, spoke to H&H after sharing a put up on her social media channels about her personal expertise.

    “So many individuals have despatched me optimistic messages,” Leonna informed H&H, including that she was ready for some negativity, but it surely has been “wonderful” to see the vastly optimistic responses.

    “Social media is an enormous a part of my job and life, and I’ve excellent followers, they’re a superb bunch of individuals.”

    Leonna Mayor

    Leonna Mayor.

    Leonna spoke to the Vitiligo Society, a charity that helps, evokes and educates about vitiligo, earlier than posting. She mentioned she needed to share her story for herself, to boost consciousness and to assist others as she would “by no means need anybody to really feel insecure” about it.

    Vitiligo is a long-term situation, the place pale white patches seem on the pores and skin. Leonna first observed a tiny patch on her pores and skin when she was 18. She knew what it was, as certainly one of her shut household additionally has the situation.

    Leonna’s situation has progressed, which led to her determination to put up her message as she needed it to come back from her first, earlier than anybody would possibly ask about seeing it in images or on digital camera.

    She mentioned she was extremely nervous earlier than the put up went out – and may be very glad she did.

    “So many occasions I’ve began to sort this put up after which deleted it as a result of I’ve by no means actually recognized the place to start out and even methods to begin,” she mentioned in her put up.

    “Nonetheless I’ve reached a degree the place I’m extra snug in my very own pores and skin and wish to share a message that I hope would possibly assist others. Even when it’s only one one that can relate.

    “Since I used to be a teen, I’ve lived with vitiligo, which as is an auto-immune situation which causes patches of my pores and skin to lose its pigment. My auntie has vitiligo, so it’s one thing I’ve grown up seeing, however in all honesty being aware of it didn’t imply I wasn’t scared or embarrassed once I found patches by myself pores and skin.”

    She added: “My pores and skin modifications have quickly worsened over the past two years, and now I’ve loads of patches underneath my arms, on my thighs and my face. I used to all the time cowl them up by sporting camouflage make-up and prevented footage or sporting garments that might reveal my pores and skin.

    “I do know by sharing my story on social media I’ll obtain some unfavourable feedback, however I’m lastly studying to like my pores and skin and really feel glad being me no matter what anybody else might say or assume.

    “I hope that this won’t solely be capable to assist these with a pores and skin situation, but additionally assist anybody who hasn’t obtained a pores and skin situation to be taught and perceive how nervous and uncomfortable a visual pores and skin situation could make somebody really feel.

    “All of us have our imperfections that make us who we’re. Let’s embrace them, recognize them, and all the time be variety to others.”

    Leonna, a former Flat jockey who now occasions at novice stage, informed H&H that whereas she hoped sharing would assist different folks, listening to these particular person tales has meant loads.

    She’s acquired messages from these whose family members have the situation, and several other folks have additionally come as much as her whereas she has been at work on target to thank her for talking about it.

    “If it helps any person, if it makes them really feel glad of their pores and skin, that makes it worthwhile 10 occasions over,” she mentioned.

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