Crohn’s Disease Survivor and Aspiring Model Reveals Bikini Pictures With Her Colostomy Bag On Show

Crohn’s disease is a condition that causes inflammation of the digestive system, affecting the sufferer’s ability to digest food, absorb nutrients and eliminate waste. In extreme situations, like Townsend’s, it becomes neccessary to remove the damaged section of the intestine and bring the healthy part out as an external opening — known as a colostomy.

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Patients who suffer from Crohn’s disease often hide their life-saving accessory: a colostomy bag. Bethany Townsend hopes to inspire other people with this disease to feel comfortable in their skin and raise awareness of the condition.

“I didn’t expect this kind of reaction at all,” Townsend told the Daily Mail. “I’m just so glad that it’s brought about more awareness of Crohn’s disease and it’s made me feel so much more confident about the colostomy bags.” “If I can inspire or help other people in my position to feel a little more comfortable in their own skin then I’m really happy.”

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