'I feel so much happier and get emotional thinking how far I have come, I love the feeling.'Since learning to love her vitiligo she feels happier, more confident and receives countless compliments for her appearance.
'For years, it felt like the only person in the world with vitiligo, even to this day I've never met anyone else with it.
Dionne Lees, 21, from Livingston, Scotland, was a talented rhythm gymnast who qualified for the Commonwealth Games, but gave up competing because she was embarrassed by the pale patches she started developing on her skin as a child.
She said: 'I would try to find tights to hide my white patches, but ultimately I quit and missed out on something I loved and a lot of opportunities because I didn't want to show my skin.The whole time I kept texting him how much I missed him.I really started to get bummed out and we had shopped all day, so she decided to take me home.Dionne said: 'We had never seen anything like it and as the week went on I noticed two spots, one on my back and the other one on my belly button - both were identical spots, size and shape.' At the time, Dionne said that her mum was crying because she thought it may be a type of skin cancer.'Within a couple of weeks, it had progressed onto my legs, so I went to the doctor who told me I had vitiligo,' Dionne said.