This is Aimee Rouski, a 19-year-old from Liverpool, England, who has awesome hair and makeup skills, but also Crohns disease, a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the digestive system.
It’s anincurable and often life-threatening disease thatcauses inflammation of the lining of any part of the gastrointestinal tract, and manypeople with Crohns will have at least one surgery as part of treatment, either to widen a part of the intestine or to remove portions of the intestines or the colon and/or rectum.
Rouski recently postedthree powerful photos on that have gone viral for a very important reason to show that not all illnesses and disabilities are visible.
While one photo showshow seemingly normal shelooks to most people, the other two reveal herscars and ileostomy bag that are direct results of her disease.
The post, which has since been shared almost 22,000times, emphasizes self-acceptance and compassion:
She was diagnosed with Crohns in 2008, and when it got to the point where she could barely walk or eat, she decided to undergo three surgeries and a seven-month stay in a hospital to resolve her issues.
Since then shes had several surgeries, including ones to remove her large intestine, colon, rectum, and anus.
I was inspired to write my post because I dont see much awareness for Crohns and other invisible illnesses, Rouski said. Often people assume that all Ive had to deal with is a little stomach ache when in fact, this disease nearly killed me.
As her pictures show, its usually impossible to tell that Rouski is even wearing an ileostomy bag that collects waste,the result of hersmall bowel beingbrought to the outside of her abdomen.
You dont always know whats going on in peoples’ lives, so dont be so quick to judge, and always keep an open mind, Rouski said.
Shehopesher post willhelp others struggling to gain confidence and realize they have nothing to be ashamed about.
I know that a lot of people cant come to terms with their illnesses because they overthink and create all these different scenarios, worrying about future relationships, other people seeing the bag, etc, she said. “But these are silly things that shouldnt matter.”
I just want those people to know that people will love them and still find them perfect no matter what, in the end its your personality that matters, she said.
And that positivity is something that is visible to everyone that you meet.
For more information on Crohns disease and similar conditions, check out the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America.
Via: The Huffington Post
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