‘Your illness is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about,’ says 19-year-old in viral Facebook post

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Aimee Rouski said she’s seen several body positive posts for weight on Facebook, but not many for disabilities or invisible illnesses.

The 19-year-old decided to share a post on Facebook showing her stoma to encourage others with Crohn’s disease, a disease that affects the entire digestive tract. “See, you can’t tell that I have a stoma so don’t worry about it,” Rouski writes on her Facebook page.

Rouski said Crohn’s disease nearly kill her. She said it is not just a stomach ache like most people seem to think, surgery left her with no large intestine, colon, rectum, anus or inner thing muscles.

“I’ve always been okay with the stuff that has happened to me, 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,” said Rouski.

Since she posted on May 25, Rouski’s post has received thousands of shares and comments. Many people thanked her for sharing her story.

“I know that if you can go through stuff like this and still have a strong, positive attitude like you do, then it gives me hope and confidence that I, too, can get through this,” writes Charles Jackson.

Sherry Wilson writes, “I have a friend that has this too and she doesn’t talk about it and I’m afraid to ask questions. I’m glad you shared this. Now I have a better understanding of what she has gone through.Thank you.”

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