Why Colostomy Selfies Don't Give the Full Picture

July 24, 2014 10:51 PM

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Why Colostomy Selfies Don't Give the Full Picture

Bethany Townsend recently went public with her colostomy bag. Far beyond the usual exercise in vanity that is the selfie, she revealed to the world the most intimate damages of illness, by posting pictures of herself in a bikini to the Crohn's and Colitis UK Facebook page.

At last count the pictures have been seen by more than 12.4 million people, and have spurred the #GetYourBellyOut campaign with countless sufferers posting colostomy-selfies to all forms of social media.

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