By Charlotte Nisbet
A young woman who was fat shamed by text has spoken out about her debilitating illness after plummeting to FIVE STONE.
Jane Beaumont, 24, was a healthy 9st when she was fat shamed by a text message that told her to ‘stop uploading bikini photos of her fat body.’
The receptionist from Manchester – who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, which causes inflammation of the bowel, at 11 years old – was already self conscious of her size due to taking steroids that cause rapid weight gain.
And after the text, which was sent from an anonymous number, Jane began skipping her medication to lose weight – with dangerous consequences.
Her bowel became so badly damaged and after building an immunity to all drugs, she was told she needed a ileostomy bag to remove her bowel in a bid to save her life.
After the surgery Jane’s weight plummeted to just five stone as her frail body struggled to cope.
But despite fearing she was going to die, Jane began gaining weight and is now healthy and pain free.
She is now sharing her story – and shocking images of her at her lowest weight – to help others to realise the dangers of not taking medication properly.
Jane said: “I was already self conscious of my weight before I received the spiteful text message.
“I had been on holiday the week before with my friends and after feeling good about myself I had uploaded a few bikini photos.
“The message told me that I was fat and that I need to stop uploading bikini photos.
“I tried to brush it off as we had no idea who had sent it was sent from the web anonymously.
“But it did make me more aware of my appearance so I began skipping the medication that I knew caused me to gain weight.
“I didn’t realise that by doing this my body was creating more anti-bodies so any medication I did then start taking would be ineffective.
“I had battled Crohns since I was 11 but as I turned 20 things took a turn for the worse.
“I had lost a lot of weight and was just over 7st before doctors warned that my bowels could rupture they were that badly damaged.
“No medication was working and my only option was to have a colostomy bag to save my life.
“After my surgery my body was so weak and wasn’t absorbing any nutrients from food so I dropped down to five stone and I even lost almost half of my hair.
“When I looked at myself in the mirror I was so shocked by how skeletal I looked.
“I was so unwell at this point and I genuinely thought I was going to die.
“But after being tube fed for eight weeks I was finally allowed home in June 2014, two months after my first surgery on April 14th.
“I have spent the last few years rebuilding my life and getting to grips with my bag.”
Jane now feels she is a different person since her surgery and doesn’t care what others think.
She added: “I am so much more positive about my Crohn’s since having my colostomy bag.
“I am pain free, I no longer take steroids and I’m now back to a healthy weight.
“I was never big before and although we don’t know for sure who sent the message we know it’s someone we knew as they’d seen my photos on my private Facebook.
“I still have my up and down days but that’s like any other girl my age anyway.
“I would tell anyone who is conscious of their appearance to ignore any negative comments as your health is far more important.
“I am now living my life to the full and have just completed my degree to become a dance teacher.”