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Model Posing In Bikini With Colostomy Bag Inspires Millions

 
Posted July 3rd, 2014 @ 9:25am

Bethany Townsend is a British woman with Crohn's disease, two colostomy bags, and a bikini picture that's set the Internet ablaze this week. The 23-year-old makeup artist, who gave up modeling when she was fitted with the bags, has been battling the intestinal illness for most of her life. She's undergone multiple operations, gotten a stem cell transplant, and nearly been killed by bacterial infections. Last Christmas, she made a decision about the colostomy bags she's had since 2010. "Finally after three and a half years, I decided that my colostomy bags shouldn't control my life," she wrote on the Crohn's and Colitis UK Facebook page. "So when I went to Mexico with my husband in December last year I finally showed I wasn't ashamed." Townsend lay out in a bikini, revealing the bags she'd previously tried to hide. The resulting picture has gone viral — with millions of views and thousands of encouraging comments.

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