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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Sup Travellers?! A picture says 1000 words but when those 1000 words are backed by an amazing story of hope and courage it becomes an infinite amount [Can I copyright that statement? I nailed that didn't I?]

Bethany Townsend, a 23-year-old make-up artist from Worcester in the UK, recently uploaded a swimsuit photo of herself online and it's been getting a lot of buzz on the interwebs not only for its sex appeal but also because of the amazing story behind it. 

According to the Daily Mail, Bethany was only 11 years old when she had 16 inches of her intestine taken out due to her battle with Crohn's disease which causes the digestive system to become inflamed. Following the surgery, Townsend was put on a seemingly-endless regimen of different prescriptions and diets. 

But that was seemingly the tip of the iceberg for young Townsend because just four years ago, the 23-year-old's bowel ruptured almost killing her in the process. She survived the incident but was forced to wear two colostomy bags on her lower abdomen.

Townsend said at first she felt like she couldn't live a normal life due to her disease. The colostomy bags were the last straw. She couldn't hold herself up when she woke up after surgery to find the bags tied to her. Townsend told the Daily Mail she burst into tears when it finally sunk in that she'd have to live the rest of her life with the colostomy bags. Where am I going with this? 

Well, after three years of feeling sorry for herself and three years of being afraid to wear a bikini, Townsend finally decided that she was going to live out her dreams despite her Crohn's disease.

"Finally after three and a half years, I decided that my colostomy bags shouldn't control my life," she told 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. Still hoping for a cure ..."

Crohn's and Colitis UK posted the photo online, where it quickly went viral, with hundreds of thousands of people "liking" and sharing her story. Townsend has also been flooded with messages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Empowered by the outpouring of support, Townsend even said she has revisited her dream of becoming a model.

“I didn’t expect this kind of reaction at all,” she said of the picture. "When I first had the bags fitted I was devastated — the reaction to this photo has really helped me accept them.The photo has been seen by millions of people ... 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.”

Townsend's story has become an inspiration to a lot of people suffering from Crohn's disease but I don't think that you have to be sick to take something from this beautiful young woman. She should be an inspiration to us all. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.