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Antione "Terrell Midgett was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Terrell played basketball and football with all of his friends.   Friends called him the peacemaker with the agility of a jack of all trades to ensure everyone was happy.   Actually, adverse environments caused him to withdraw from the crowd.
In Fourth grade, Terrell was diagnosed with vitiligo. The comments, stares, and assumptions were challenging.  Luckily the encouragement, strength, and security extended by his lifelong friends eased the pain during  tough times.   Despite  support from family and friends, his experience with getting a driver's license left an indelible mark that has inspired him to help others.  Even after working hard to develop coping solutions, he faced the risk of not getting his driver's license.  
Along the way, Terrell has learned there is power in embracing his vitiligo diagnosis.  
Terrell's sentiments are that many people want attention.  Today, people will pay lots of dollars for attention.   When someone embraces their vitiligo, it enables them to educate their audience about the condition and reduce stereotypes.   Informing others helps the person with vitiligo as well as their loved ones.  Vitiligo impacts persons with the diagnosis as well as those who love them. Keep in mind, Terrell still receives negative comments and withdraws from some crowds 38 years after his diagnosis. 
Terrell has appeared on Spectrum News, and WRAL with Allen Mask to further promote Vitiligo Awareness. He is the founder of the Vitiligo Awareness Alliance with members from the midwest to the East Coast,  His interview will provide more information on their annual conference.


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