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There's a lot of negativity on social media these days (and that's putting it lightly), so we can't help but feel refreshed when people try to encourage and inspire others.

Like this teaching assistant who has set up an Instagram account where she posts pictures proudly posing in her underwear with her stoma bag displayed, to inspire body confidence for other bowel disease sufferers.

At the age of 15, Bethany Gallagher (now 23) was diagnosed with Crohn's disease which left her in crippling pain and going to the toilet up to 45 times a day.

Bethany Gallagher, 23, had to have her large intestine completely removed in March this year. Credit: Mercury Press and Media


Bethany Gallagher, 23, had to have her large intestine completely removed in March this year. Credit: Mercury Press and Media

After seven years of suffering with flare-ups that caused diarrhoea, vomiting, bleeding and extreme weight loss, Bethany cried with joy when doctors told her she could have a stoma bag fitted to relieve her symptoms.

Since getting the bag fitted in April 2017, Bethany has been sharing stunning snaps of herself baring her bag while wearing her underwear or bikinis, to inspire others to embrace and love their bodies no matter what.

She wants to spread the word that people can still be 'sassy with a stoma'. What an inspiration.

Bethany poses in underwear showing off her stoma bag to inspire body confidence in other Crohn's sufferers. Credit: Mercury Press and Media


Bethany poses in underwear showing off her stoma bag to inspire body confidence in other Crohn's sufferers. Credit: Mercury Press and Media

Bethany, of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, said: "I started taking and sharing photos of my journey originally for my family and friends.

"My parents didn't want me to get a stoma. They thought it would open up loads more problems like body confidence issues. They didn't want to see their little girl go through that.

"So I set up an account to post pictures to show them that I'm okay and I'm proud of what I have been through.

"I remember thinking one day, 'Why should I not be proud of my body just because I have been through this?'

The teaching assistant can be found proudly posing in bikini pictures on Instagram. Credit: Mercury Press and Media


The teaching assistant can be found proudly posing in bikini pictures on Instagram. Credit: Mercury Press and Media

"The bag saved my life at the end of the day. Besides, I can't hide it. It trumps on its own, it really has got a mind of its own.

"So if there's no point trying to hide it then I might as well get it out. And now, what started as a reassurance for my family has become a massive awareness-raising thing."

After setting up the social media account, Bethany has been contacted by other Crohn's disease sufferers who applaud her bravery.

She went on: "I get so many people messaging me saying my photos inspired them and they've walked down a beach in their bikinis for the first time. I love it.

"It hasn't just helped other people, it has helped me too. It might sound silly but you get so used to the bag that you don't feel it so when you look in the mirror it can be a bit of a shock - like, 'Ooh, I've got a bag of poo stuck to me.'

"But seeing the photos has helped so much, it's made me realise that even with my bag and my scars, my body really isn't that different to other people's bodies.

"I want to help everyone else with a stoma realise that. Here's to being sassy with a stoma."

Bethany is proving you can be sassy and have a stoma bag. Credit: Mercury Press and Media


Bethany is proving you can be sassy and have a stoma bag. Credit: Mercury Press and Media

Brave Bethany started with problems aged 14 when she was suffering with acid reflux and diarrhoea, for which doctors prescribed antacids.

Her symptoms worsened and she was vomiting 'luminous green' fluid and experiencing extreme stomach pains, as well as rushing to the toilet 20 times a day.

Each flare-up saw 5'3'' Bethany's weight plummet as she struggled to keep food down and suffered diarrhoea 45 times a day - and by 22 she hit her lowest weight of just 5st 6lbs.

Bethany Gallagher after having her first stoma bag fitted. Credit: Mercury Press and Media


Bethany Gallagher after having her first stoma bag fitted. Credit: Mercury Press and Media

The TA, who lives with her boyfriend of 10 years - Mike Saul, also 23 - had surgery to fit a colostomy bag last year in the hope it would one day be reversed.

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