Aspiring Model’s Bikini Pic With Colostomy Bags Goes Viral [Details]

Rucuss staffJuly 5, 2014

Bethany Townsend believed her modeling days were over after she got fitted with two colostomy bags three years ago.

Townsend, who has had a lifelong fight with Crohn’s disease, knew that the bags would hinder her figure in clothes. But after a hiatus as a makeup artist, Townsend might get her break as a model after all.

Thanks to a viral photo of herself posing in a bikini with those colostomy bags in full view. The 23-year-old shared the photo with Crohn’s and Colitis UK Facebook page with some of the caption that read: “my colostomy bags shouldn’t control my life.”


Later, Townsend told the Huffington Post that she has been floored by the global reaction and hopes she can inspire others in similar positions to “feel a little bit more comfortable in their own skin.”

Read Townsend’s entire caption she shared with the photo above below:

“I’ve had Crohn’s since I was 3 years old but was misdiagnosed until I was 11. Just 4 weeks later I was having 16 inches of my bowel taken out.

Since then I’ve been on steroids, infliximab, methotrexate and every other drug going as well as being tube fed for 4 years. After five more operations my bowel burst 4 years ago and I ended up with two colostomy bags. They thought that would help until 4 weeks later and it was back.

I then went on to have a stem cell transplant which was in trial in the UK, we all hoped it would work but unfortunately I caught MRSA of the skin and the blood and it nearly killed me twice. Since then my Crohn’s has still been extremely active, I’ve lost more weight and now I’m waiting for the NHS to fund a drug that hasn’t really been in the UK. If this doesn’t work a bowel transplant is in talks as I can’t have anymore of my intestine out as I haven’t got much left.. BUT I’m still hopeful.

Finally after three and a half years, I decided that my colostomy bags shouldn’t control my life. So when I went to Mexico with my husband in December last year I finally showed I wasn’t ashamed. Still hoping for a cure…”

#myCCUKstory by the truly brave and inspirational Bethany Townsend.

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