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IN People ON 16 Feb, 2016
Life is full of ups and downs. While some people are able to get through the downs, others win their battles and set an example. A mom not only won the toughest battle of her life but set an example, inspiring others.
Krystal Miller is a 32-year old mom who battled from Crohn’s disease and had a large portion of bowel removed. She now lives with an ileostomy bag.
Meet the 'bag lady'.
A mother of two from Australia.
She was diagnosed with it after being sick for a long time. "I barely finished [sophomore year] as I was so sick," she said. "I was sleeping 22 hours a day and was very skinny. I would often have accidents where I wouldn't make it to the toilet."
"Previous to having my surgery, I was about to lose my job, my relationships weren't very good, and I couldn't live like a normal 22-year-old," she said. "It was hard. I felt like I was dying slowly, like I was rotting from the inside out."
She has been living her life to the fullest as a 'big lady'. "Having an Ileostomy has given me the opportunity to live my life," she said. "I've gotten to travel the world, work full time, have a family, and be just me. Having a bag does not and should not stop you from loving yourself and being exactly who you want to be."
So, to share her story with others, she decided to start a Facebook page called "Bag Lady Mama".
She is open about what it is like to live with a bag. "I told to my hubby that I had a bag on our second date," she wrote. "He never cared and still doesn't! He's never made me feel anything but sexy."
"Our scars and our ostomies are our battle wounds we should be wearing with pride," Miller said. "I believe these 'invisible' illnesses shouldn't be hidden and we need to talk about it more. There is no shame in having a bowel disease and/or an ostomy."
"I am so honored to be able to do this and to be received so well," she said. In order to share more of her experiences she is planning to start a webpage.