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Crohn’s sufferer aims to break stigma of stoma bag

Marcia Paterson. Picture: Comp


Marcia Paterson.

A WOMAN who suffers from Crohn’s disease and had a permanent stoma bag fitted has gone on national television to spread the message that nobody should be ashamed of their body.

Marcia Paterson had a colostomy in 2009 after undergoing surgery to have part of her bowel removed following a serious illness.

But the 40-year-old, from Blackridge, West Lothian, said that instead of feeling embarrassed about her condition, she stays positive and is taking part in a reality TV show to help raise awareness of what it means to live with a stoma bag.

She is appearing in Too Ugly to Love on the TLC channel along with other people who have hidden conditions or illnesses that dominate their lives, including alopecia, excessive sweating and severe burns.

Mum-of-two Marcia started the BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) group with a pal, and was asked to appear on the TV show after receiving an overwhelming response to a picture she posted on the Crohn’s and Colitis UK Facebook page.

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