Updated: Dec 10, 2020
This is where you can get to know our real life models to understand their personal link to the cause, why they took part, how this helped them and a little bit more about them.
Please come back to view updates as these come in.
I'm Stephanie, I'm 30 years old and super proud of that.
I had bulima at just the age of 9 and didn't fully recover until I was 21. I now suffer from Binge eating, depression, aniexty and PTSD. But I've started my own YouTube and Instagram 'The 30 Something Club' were I share my story and I'm open and honest with my journey.
My name is kelly and I’m 46yrs old.
I live in Australia.
I had an ileostomy for nearly 22yrs from Crohn’s disease.
I’ve also got r/arthritis, osteoarthritis, immune arthritis that has completely riddled my body for the last 7yrs.
I’ve suffered depression since I was 17yrs old and have been on meds ever since.
I have mild fibromyalgia.
I’ve lived my life to the best of my ability and now do “ostomy support bears” that help people of all ages cope with having an ostomy. The bears all have a stoma and bag that comes on and off to show the stoma. What I do is completely non profit and do it to help people, make them smile, raise awareness and help reduce the stigma attached to having an ostomy. I started in March 2019 and to date over 2300 have gone out around the world.
I worked as a sales representative for 20yrs and absolutely loved it but had to stop working 7yrs ago because of the arthritis but I’ve not let that stop me achieving my goals.
A positive attitude definitely helps.
“Your body can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince”
“Having an ostomy is not a death sentence, it’s a permanent new way of life which you can deal with your Drs, STN’s, family and friends but mostly a “CAN DO attitude”. Never give up, never give in, never stop fighting.....there is A LIFE after a Ostomy.”
Kate Sevilla: TBC
Hello, my name is Emily hodgson. I am 19 years old and have suffered with invisible illnesses for over 10 years.
A little bit about me is that I have fibromyalgia, IBS and mental health illnesses. I have suffered with these invisible illnesses for as long as I can remember, this is another reason why I want to spread more awareness and why I started my #hereforyou campaign as I want people to be okay with sharing any problems they have.
On my body I have written the words; fibromyalgia, anxiety, IBS, fat and ugly. These are just a few of the illnesses I suffer from in a daily basis. I have been called so many names due to my invisible illnesses as people do not understand. Anxiety, depression and IBS are all symptoms of fibromyalgia.