Teen Aimee Rouski's important selfie calls on the body positivity movement to include people with invisible illnesses.
The Internet is often a cesspool of insults and general garbage, with the body positivity movement being one exception. People of all shapes and sizes post in pursuit of general acceptance for all shapes and sizes, as opposed to just for the model waif normalized by the media. 19-year-old Aimee Rouski has posted a selfie and story to add to one of the Internet's rays of sunshine, calling for the movement to also include people with disabilities and invisible illnesses.
She describes the nature of Crohn's disease, an illness that effects the entire digestive tract and can often have life-threatening complications.
My Crohns has left me with a permanent ileostomy, no large intestine, colon, rectum, anus, or inner thigh muscles as they were used for plastic surgery on my wounds.
I've always been okay with the stuff that has happened to me, but some people have real difficulties accepting these things so I just want to say this.
No one will know unless you tell them.
People who know will still love you and still find you beautiful.
Your illness is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about