Mum with Crohn’s disease praised for sharing graphic and honest selfies

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  • Krystal Miller has received praise for documenting her Crohn’s disease journey with empowering pictures.

    The 32-year old, who’s instagram is ‘Bag Lady Mama’, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at just 15 years of age.

    Taking to Instagram, the mum-of-two is documenting every step of her journey.

    The Australian native was also nominated for the WeGoHealth Awards, she declared: ‘I’m here to raise awareness, remove stigma… I’m raw, honest and speak about the “crap” that most people are scared to.’

    One Instagram post is particularly poignant, where she talks about being diagnosed. ‘I was lonely and scared and just wanted someone to rescue me from my non-existent life’.

    Krystal stated: ‘My body is scarred and battered. I’ve survived. Mentally it’s taken it’s toll.’

    She goes on to add: ‘I’ve despised the fact that I’ve had to have the surgery. I’ve felt disgust at my scars and bag and feared no one could find me desirable.

    ‘I’ve never hated my stoma. I’ve hated that I HAD to have a stoma,’ explains the mum.


    And the messages of support rolled in: ‘Awesome post. You give me hope, strength and positive vibes, whenever I need it. Thank you so much!’

    One fan wrote: ‘You have no idea how much I needed to hear this from someone that understands, thank u so much for being such an amazing and brave force for awareness πŸ’ž”Proud of u!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘’ one simply said.

    While another added: ‘Awesome post! So bold and honest! also think my bag has helped me weed out those people who really worth having in my life – I didn’t always feel like it by my ostomy was a blessing! πŸ™πŸ»’

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    I see all those wholesome blogging mamas & daddys out there parenting their free range children. They parent with their vegan home grown foods and raise them to be exactly who they're meant to be. These beautiful children are raised with the freedom to express, roam and say almost whatever they want. Awwww πŸ’œπŸ’œ their photos are perfectly instagramed and filtered as they playfully roam the country side and the beaches. Bliss! But where the fuck are my mamas and daddy's?! You know the real ones. The ones that work full time, struggle with their packaged meals and screaming wild children? Where the hell are my real blogging mamas and daddy's who can't stand or embrace their child's free range attitude and little asshole behavior?! I want to see more like me! The ones who struggle with balancing never seeing their kids during the week but maybe 2 hours after work and then needing some goddamn down time on the weekends! I'm sorry @maggiedentauthor . I feel like I'm failing more than the 80/20 rule. Maybe it's 80% I'm screwing these kids up and 20% of the time I'm getting it right?! Geez! I need some real talk. Let's talk about not having the answers to the billion freaking questions a day. The arguing from the 5 going on 25 year old. Let's talk about the fact that I don't have the energy to deal with the non stop talking, sulking, arguing and attitude! And that energy!! Where the hell does he get it from? Did he suck it out of me? Never to return?! Let's talk about the constant cross roads in my mind. The every action has a consequence but it's my failures that will be the biggest consequence that will effect their lives. Oh my darling children. Please shut the hell up and let mama get some sleep. Maybe if I got some I wouldn't be such a cranky bad mama 😰 Now don't get me wrong. I do not want a pity party. This is my life. It's a beautiful chaos and I wouldn't trade these little shits in for the world πŸŒπŸ’œπŸ˜πŸ˜‚ #parenting #parentingtruths #realitycheck #justlikeyou #invisibleillness #ostomate #crohns #crohnsdisease #ibdsuckass #bagbitchesrock #bagladymama #mykidsaresolucky #wheresthefuckingguidebook

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    Before reaching a diagnosis the mum-of-two suffered with severe diarrhoea and vomiting, claiming it felt like prison.

    Once diagnosed she felt relieved to finally know what was wrong.

    However it wasn’t until 7 years later she underwent surgery and after that Krystal was told she would be unable to have a vaginal birth.

    Undeterred, she went on to have not one but two vaginal births, having to adjust her stoma for both her pregnancies.

    For son Luka, she suffered a perforated bowel, which turned septic after his birth.

    Sadly Krystal went on to suffer four miscarriages, before eventually bringing her little girl, Arabella into the world four-months-ago.

    She is now vehemently trying to assure people that living with a Stoma bag doesn’t have to be the end of life.

    As her Instagram shows, she is living hers to the full, while running around after her two tots.

    ‘I am here to raise awareness for those living with invisible illnesses and ostomies!’ She told MummyPages.

    ‘Lets remove the stigma and show them how awesome we are while rocking our bags out!’