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Selfie baring colostomy bag gaining popularity on social media

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You've probably seen it on your Facebook page recently; a photo of a woman taking a selfie in her bikini.

Doesn't sound like anything out of the ordinary but there is something about the photo that's generating some talk.

Former model Bethenny Townsend took a selfie in her bathing suit, not hiding her colostomy bag. It's a move that people with Crohn's disease are applauding.

A support group for folks living with Crohn's or Colitis or care for someone who does, meets every month in Mishawaka.  "It's been pretty rough, but I guess being able to find this support group and having them help me find the right doctor, has changed my life for the better," says Kyle Bazyk, who was diagnosed with Crohn's disease about a year ago.

Townsend's picture was also up for discussion at July's meeting. "I think she's brave. I just really admire her And for her to realize that what she has is something you have to live with and other people should look at it that way too," says Trudy Thornburg, whose son has Crohn's disease.

Crohn's disease is a condition that causes inflammation of the digestive system, making it difficult to digest food, absorb nutrients and eliminate waste.

In extreme situations, it becomes necessary to remove the damaged section of the intestine and bring the healthy part out as a stoma - known as a colostomy.

It's something Lisa Greco is familiar with as her son went through the procedure. "It was to give his intestines time to heal because of all the problems with the Crohn's, so it was a life-saving measure for him," she says.

Townsend's photo has received more than 13,000 comments on Facebook and liked over 242,000 times.

Since her story was shared on June 21, many others who live with Crohn's disease have come forward and shared selfies revealing their colostomy bags.

Folks at the support group hope the social media blitz brings awareness to the disease that can be deadly.

"We did have a member of this group, Bridgette who passed away, so it's not something that should be taken lightly," says Greco.

The support group meets the first Monday of every month at 6:30pm at the Mishawaka library in downtown Mishawaka.

There will also be an awareness walk for people to show support on October 5th at Beutter Park.








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