The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe Crohn’s disease as “a condition of chronic inflammation potentially involving any location of the gastrointestinal tract,” which sounds extremely unpleasant.
And that’s because it is. Krystal Miller (Bag Lady Mama) knows just how painful the disease can be; both physically and mentally.
When she was 22-years-old, she had her large intestine, part of her small intestine and her anus removed. For the last decade, she’s been living life with a permanent ileostomy, which is a “surgically made opening in the abdominal wall that connects the lower intestine to an ostomy bag.
Miller admits when she was first diagnosed with the disease back in high school, she didn’t know how to deal with it.
She told Upworthy the following…
“When I was first diagnosed, I was very uncomfortable. I would be in-tears uncomfortable if someone had to go to the toilet after me. … And when you’re young, it’s embarrassing and it’s pretty f*cking horrific. It’s been slow progress , but I just kind of got sick of caring. Like, who gives a f*ck, it is what it is, I can’t do anything about it.”
Miller is now 32-years-old, and she’s inspiring thousands of people daily on her Facebook page. She posts photos of her day-to-day life with her two kids and her husband. Oh, and those two kids? Doctors told her it wasn’t possible.
Several doctors told her she wouldn’t be able to have children vaginally, but she did…twice.
In addition to being a full-time mom, Miller was also recently accepted into nursing school. It’s just another remarkable achievement. She continues to amaze and inspire people every single day.
You can follow her journey on her Facebook page: Bag Lady Mama