by Hilton Hater at . Comments

This is rather awesome.

Inspired by Bethany Townsend - the 23-year old Crohn's Disease patient who recently posted photos of her and her colostomy bag online - many others inflicted with this same condition are taking to the Internet.

And shedding their body image concerns in the process.

Crohn’s is a disease that hits the digestive system, causing severe inflammation, making it difficult for one to absorb nutrients, digest food and remove waste. Often, those affected by it must wear a colostomy bag.

Thanks to Townsend’s bravery, many others have now posted photos of themselves on the Crohn’s and Colitis UK Facebook page with the hashtag #GetYourBellyOut.

Demi Lovato would be proud of these inspiring individuals. Applaud their pictures now:

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Bethany Townsend is a 23-year old aspiring model from Worcester, England.

She developed Crohn’s Disease at the age of 3, a condition that causes chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, but she recently grew tired of hiding her condition, of letting it get in the way of her dreams.

So Townsend posed in a bikini, her colostomy bag in full view, and posted the photo on Facebook.

It received nearly 200,000 Likes.

Townsend - who nearly died in 2010 when her bowels burst - has since become inspired to be a face (and body) of this condition, telling her story online and encouraging folks to make a donation in order to help find a cure.

You can visit the official website for Crohn's and Colitis UK to do so - and you can marvel over Bethany Townsend;s bravity via the photo gallery below:

Bethany Townsend Picture
Bethany Townsend is an aspiring model. She has Crohn's Disease and is posing here with a colostomy bag.