Teen Goes Viral For Revealing What Its Like To Live With Crohns disease

February 6, 2017 - crohns
Teen Goes Viral For Revealing What Its Like To Live With Crohns disease

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.

Scroll down to see Aimee’s incredible truth…


“I’ve wanted to do this for a while because I always see body posi posts for weight, but not many for disabilities / invisible illnesses.”

“First off I have Crohn’s disease, it’s a serious incurable illness that nearly killed me, not just a stomach ache like most people seem to think.

A person with Crohn’s will go through many different treatments including surgery, and it’s the surgery I want to touch on now.”

“My Crohn’s has left me with a permanent ileostomy, no large intestine, colon, rectum, anus, or inner thigh muscles as they were used for plastic surgery on my wounds.”

“I’ve always been okay with the stuff that has happened to me, but some people have real difficulties accepting these things so I just want to say this.

No one will know unless you tell them.”

“People who know will still love you and still find you beautiful.

Your illness is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about.”


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