Crohn’s sufferer who felt ‘hideous’ after having a stoma bag fitted shares candid photos to help others with the disease

A 28-year-old woman has proudly posed in her underwear to prove that her stoma bag – which she nicknamed Steve – is nothing to be ashamed of.

Lisa Carvell, from Winslow, Milton Keynes, said she initially felt ‘hideous’ when her diagnosis of Crohn’s disease – a chronic condition causing inflammation of the lining of the digestive system – meant she had to wear an ileostomy bag.

But, after giving it a light-hearted nickname and posting comedy pictures online, she grew more accepting of her bag and is now urging others to do the same.

Lisa Carvell, from Winslow, Milton Keynes, pictured in 2014 after being diagnosed, said she initially felt 'hideous' when her diagnosis of Crohn's disease ¿ a chronic condition causing inflammation of the lining of the digestive system ¿ meant she had to wear an ileostomy bag

Lisa Carvell, from Winslow, Milton Keynes, pictured in 2014 after being diagnosed, said she initially felt ‘hideous’ when her diagnosis of Crohn’s disease – a chronic condition causing inflammation of the lining of the digestive system – meant she had to wear an ileostomy bag

Lisa is sharing candid images to help raise funds and awareness for Crohn's disease

Lisa is sharing candid images to help raise funds and awareness for Crohn’s disease

‘As frustrating as using a stoma bag was at first, I thought “I have to do this, no one is going to do it for me”,’ said Miss Carvell, a brand specialist.

‘I have broken down so many times and felt hideous, but my boyfriend Aaron Watson, 27, took it all in his stride.

‘He said he loved me before and he still loves me now, and told me that I’m still the same person.

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