On the outside, you’d never know that 19-year-old Aimee Rouski, from Liverpool, is any “different” from other teenage girls. But the fact is that Aimee struggles with a chronic condition that can be absolutely debilitating. After seeing so many blog posts about body positivity regarding weight acceptance, she realized there are not half as many posts for those living with disabilities and/or invisible illnesses.
At the age of 11, Aimee was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, which can cause ulceration and inflammation of the digestive system. Symptoms can include bloody diarrhea, horrible pain, extreme fatigue, and severe weight loss. Four years after her diagnosis, Aimee was fitted with an ileostomy or “stoma” bag. This was after having her large intestine and colon removed, and muscles removed from her inner thighs to cover her external wounds.
Though there is no cure for Crohns disease, Aimee says the surgery has vastly improved her symptoms. Since she’s no longer shy about revealing her stoma bag, she recently took to Facebook to bravely and boldly share photos of body, stoma bag, scars and all. Her post quickly went viral, inspiring strangers from all over the world and helping them find more self-acceptance.
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