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
The post has received over 12,000 likes and 4,000 shares, and inspired others to share their stories in the comments.
Aimee told her story to help people suffering from similar illnesses feel less alone, and to tell those who are unfamiliar with those conditions that things aren't what they seem on the surface.
"I’ve never really been a very confident person so the bag made no difference initially," she told Metro UK, "But I actually feel much more confident in myself now after doing my post."