End the stigma; my ostomy saved my life.

Hi, so as this is my first ever blog post I’ve decided to talk about who I am, and why I’m here.

As you all should know by now, my names Angelina and I’m from South Wales, I’m 20 years old and I’m starting up a clothing brand called Aura Clothing. The brand was inspired by my past experiences and struggles of living with Crohns disease. Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that may affect any part of the digestive system, unfortunately for me it affected my colon (large bowel). I was diagnosed with this illness when I was 12 years old and by the age of 13 I had my colon removed which resulted in me having an ileostomy. The purpose of this blog is to create awareness as well as giving my brand a personal voice.

I feel like todays society pressurises us to fit into the ‘perfect’ category. Thats a lot of pressure of a lot people, let alone people with an illness or a hidden illness. I believe that no one is perfect, we are simply the best that we can be and that is perfect to me.

The reason that inspired me mostly to create Aura Clothing was the fact that not many people are aware that 1 in 500 people in the UK alone live with some sort of ostomy. I wanted to create awareness for the different conditions and end the stigma that comes with having an ostomy. My main aim for this blog is to educate individuals and actually allow people who live with it to share their stories and connect with others. Its difficult to live with the stigma that is put on people like myself, so I will continue to perpetuate the stereotypes and turn something negative into positives.

My next post will be an insight on my life and my personal experiences with Crohns disease and living with an ostomy.

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