Teen with Crohn’s disease shares brave selfies of scars, ileostomy bag

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A teenage girl who has battled a painful incurable illness is sharing her experience in a very personal way — and it’s gone viral.

Fox News reports that Aimee Rouski, now 19, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 15.

She says it almost killed her. She’s had several treatments and surgeries that have left her with no large intestine, colon, rectum or anus.

Her inner thigh muscles were also removed and used for plastic surgery on her wounds.

In a Facebook post, she shared photos of her scars and ileostomy bag. She said she has wanted to do so because “I always see body posts for weight but not many for disabilities/invisible illnesses.”

She said she’s been OK with what’s happened to her.

“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.”

Aimee’s post has gotten over 17,270 likes, over 11,000 comments and over 17,000 shares.