Dayka Robinson is an interior designer from Atlanta who has Vitiligo. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease which causes the white patches to develop on the skin due to the immune system mistakenly attacking the cells that produce Melanin, the skin’s pigment. The exact cause of the condition is currently unknown and there is, unfortunately, no cure for Vitiligo. Although Vitiligo isn’t physically painful it can affect people mentally due to the appearance of the condition. Speaking on her blog, Dayka Robinson Designs, Dayka says “The “downside”? Knowing that it’s “just skin”, yet still having to navigate a psychological forrest of conflicting emotions that are very real. It’s like trying to execute a full spin on a teensy tightrope launched 250 feet in the air–it ain’t the easiest thing to manage. It is shocking…and frightening…and depressing to see something visibly take hold of your body that you can’t control. And then there are those who minimize this experience because they think it’s “just a superficial thing”…which is an incredibly dismissive position to take when it’s not transforming your body. What many people don’t seem to understand is what the effect of something like Vitiligo can do to your mind: it will have you questioning your own beauty & value, reconsidering everything you think you know about yourself–deep stuff.”
Dayka developed the condition Vitiligo around 9 years ago. She first noticed spots appearing below her belly button which later spread to her back and then to her shoulders, breasts, stomach and face. Dayka experienced lots of stares and having Vitiligo affected her emotionally. But today Dayka has accepted her that her Vitiligo does not define who she is.
She said “Vitiligo has caused me to reexamine my beliefs & values–to be clear about who I say I am and the ways that I am/am not showing up like I intend to. I believe in the power of intention and living in personal integrity, which is to honor yourself by being/doing who & what you say you are. This experience has expanded my faith and reminded me of what I know to be true–that I am not this body, but the essence of Dayka is created in my soul…the untouchable, undefinable, perfect, all-knowing Source on the inside. And I don’t mean that in a cheesy way but truly, when we transition out of this life, our bodies remain but our souls–the very essence that makes us who we are–are what leave and THAT is what those who remain mourn over. So I continuously affirm to myself that I am not this body, and that everything I need for my journey on this path is already within. I am not devoid of anything, nothing about my life is a mistake, and how my body was created is intrinsically tied to who I’m supposed to be in this world. I don’t know that I would be so clear about this truth without having journeyed through this experience.”