Beck from Cheshire, UK, is normalising bodies one honest instagram post at a time.
Known as ‘The Bag Life of Beck‘ on instagram, the young mother has been an ostomate since 2011 when she had lifesaving surgery called an ‘ostomy’ to create an opening in her body for the discharge of body wastes.
This means she now has to wear a Stoma bag every day.
While changes to our bodies cause many of us to feel a little insecure, Beck reminds us that, ‘there is no wrong way to have a body’
“It took me a long time to realise this. I thought because I have my ileostomy I should hide my body because its not what is deemed as “normal” by society,” she says.
“Some days I’ll quite happily wear my bag on show and others I’m happy to cover it up.”
“Just because I have my Stoma bag it doesn’t mean my value as a human decreases. It doesn’t mean I’m no longer worthy in this world. It doesn’t mean I should be ashamed. I doesn’t mean I should hide away.”
Beck says that if anything, it means the opposite. She sees it a chance to educate people and create some change so that others accept their new lives and bodies as they are.
“A stoma bag doesn’t have to be a negative, as so many positives have come from having my stoma bag for me,” says Beck.
“This surgery saved my life, there’s a high chance that I wouldn’t be here today without it.”
“Imagine if we looked in our mirrors and our imperfections were shining back at us. Glistening in the mirror reminding us how beautiful they are and how beautiful we are with them.”
“Normal is different for everyone and I’ve realised that just because my body looks different doesn’t mean it’s wrong.”
If we can take anything from Beck, it is that: all bodies are good bodies and all bodies are worthy.