In the final post from the Roosenboom family, and to help recognise Rare Diseases Day, Simone has penned her own piece on her experiences with Hydroa Vacciniforme. We are grateful to the Roosenboom family for being able to share their story.
My name is Simone and I’m almost fifteen years old. I got ill when I was nearly six; exactly nine years prior to the day I wrote this. You can read all about that in the previous blogs written by my father.
The first years, my illness troubled me, but it got worse when I turned ten years old. The year 2007 turned out to be a horrific year for me. I got a bit older and more aware of myself and the way my surroundings reacted to my appearance. I looked quite scarred and felt that I was different. Quite a lot of people acted in a way that strengthened that feeling: they looked at me with horror. My parents and I got quite upset with that, even to the point that my mother told these people in anger that I was contagious so they would quickly get away from us. I thought it was funny but in the end it didn’t change anything. (more…)