1. This picture, of Bethany Turner, 23, from Worcester, has been viewed by more than 9 million people since she put it on Facebook.
Bethany was fitted with her colostomy bags in 2010 after she nearly died when her bowel ruptured. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease – which causes inflammation of the digestive system, affecting the sufferer’s ability to digest food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate waste — at the age of 3.
2. She told the Daily Mail: “When I came out of hospital and everything finally sunk in, I remember going upstairs into my bedroom and just bursting into tears.”
“I’d known a colostomy bag might have been an option but it was always something that I had wanted to avoid. I had a really good cry that day, and since then I haven’t shed another tear - I’ve just got on with it I suppose.”
3. After marrying her husband Ian, 33, and jetting off on holiday to Mexico last Christmas, she finally felt ready to embrace the colostomy bags.
Despite her nerves early on, she says she soon learned not to let Crohn’s control her or define who she was. Six months after her holiday, she got in touch with the Crohn’s and Colitis UK Facebook group to see if they would let her post something on their page. She sent them the picture, and it quickly went viral.
4. She still suffers from the disease, but now wants to get back into modeling — having given up on her dreams of pursuing it as a career.
“I’m looking forward to chasing my goals, and I know now that nothing can hold me back,” she said. “I won’t let the Crohn’s control me anymore.”