"Look at our new baby boy!" "Wait.. his skin! There are white symmetrical spots all over his body! Oh no! What is this?!" "Don't worry, dear. For now, lets just focus on our son, Ramon."
"Ramon has vitiligo, a skin disease that makes chalk white spots appear on his body symmetrically." "Is there any cure for him?" "Not at the moment, no." "Oh Ramon.... oh Ramon."
"Ha Ha! Spots tripped!" "Hahaha! Spotty looks ugly!" "Haha! Weirdo fell on the ground!"
"Look Ramon! I got you a dog!" "Cool Mom! Wait, why does this dog have white spots..." "That's right honey, you're not alone in this. Me and Dad got this puppy for you. Whenever you feel down, think of little Mancha here! And when those bullies at school are mean, just show off your dog. They'll love you in no time."
"Wow, Ramon! I'm sorry for treating you so horribly. You're actually pretty cool! And your dog too. "Thanks guys. Mancha here is my pet, and he has vitiligo just like me!"
Vitiligo is a real life skin disease that affects around 1 to 2 percent of the population. Although it usually only starts during the ages of 10 to 20, it's possible for it to start at birth or in old age. There is no cure for it yet. We should all learn to embrace and love these people regardless of their unique skin disease.