20-Year-Old Has Gone Viral After Posting Brutally Honest Bikini Photos

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Amazing On 3rd February 2018

This inspirational young woman has been sharing pictures of her ileostomy bag with her 11K Instagram followers after having her large intestine removed as a result of Crohn’s disease – and says it was the best decision of her life.

Growing up, Bethany Purnell thought she was just like any other kid.

Unfortunately, at just 10 years old, severe abdominal pain and fatigue took over her life.


Doctors diagnosed Bethany with Crohn’s disease, a condition that she still lives with today.

After medication and specialist diets failed to help her symptoms, Bethany had her large intestine, or colon, removed aged 17 and was fitted with an ileostomy, or ostomy, bag.

An ileostomy is a procedure that sees the small intestine is diverted an opening in the abdomen, known as a stoma.

An ostomy bag also called a stoma bag or ileostomy bag is used to collect the waste produced by the body as it can no longer pass through the rectum.


Going to school, Bethany didn’t tell anyone about her condition apart from her closest friends and had her large intestine, or colon, removed at 17.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Crohn’s disease is a variety of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes your digestive tract to become inflamed. This leads to all sorts of gastrointestinal discomfort.

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