Abiola Segun Williams is an actress who is popularly known on the Nigerian soap opera, Tinsel.
Abiola is the cover star on the October issue of Genevieve Magazine and she reveals for the first time, her struggles with Scleroderma.
According to Mayo Clinic, Scleroderma is a group of rare diseases that involve the hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues . In some people, scleroderma affects only the skin. But in many people, scleroderma also harms structures beyond the skin — such as blood vessels, internal organs and the digestive tract. Scleroderma affects women more often than men and most commonly occurs between the ages of 30 and 50. While there is no cure for scleroderma, a variety of treatments can ease symptoms and improve quality of life.
On how she deals with it, Abiola told Genevieve Magazine,
At the early stage, I didn’t know what the problem was. I was my own doctor, I read everything on the Internet that seemed to relate with my symptoms. I noticed my teeth had problems, my limbs became heavy to move, my feet, hands, face were swollen. I went very dark and my skin began to harden, itch and became very scaly. I was in pain twenty-four seven.
I basically stopped looking in the mirror. I told myself this was only a phase I was passing through. My face had changed completely. My skin looked absolutely scary. I was as skinny as a rake but my focus was my health rather than how I looked. I was in too much pain now to care about my looks.
The full interview is in Geneneive Magazine October Edition