For 10 years, Western Australia-based Krystal Miller has had something important to consider every day when she gets dressed in the morning.
It’s not what activities she’s got on, or even the weather, but the ileostomy bag her body relies on to function.
At 15, Miller was first diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an auto-immune disease that causes inflammation of the bowel, resulting in ulcerations in any part of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus.
There’s no cure, only treatment through drugs and it often involves surgery to remove either the colon (colostomy), rectum, or part of the intestine as Miller did seven years later.
Now Miller is the founder of BagLady Mama, a blog and community where she shares her experiences living with Crohn’s and an ileostomy bag. In just less four months she’s amassed plenty of international attention and an incredible 22,000 followers who love her humour, honesty and tips, particularly on how to dress with an ostomy bag (the general term Miller uses to describe ‘bags’ worn for various health issues). (Post continues after gallery.)