With her toned body, flawless skin and luscious locks it’s easy to think this Australian Instagram
model’s life is close to being perfect.
But Alyce Crawford (27) shocked her more than 21 000
followers when she shared a photo on Instagram illustrating her hard battle with irritable
bowel syndrome (IBS) and revealed how the condition impacted on her daily life.
The 27-year-old, who’s been living with IBS for the past
three years, shared two photos showing how bloated her tummy gets even when she
follows a balanced lifestyle.
“Last night I wanted to enjoy some delicious guacamole
(which I haven't eaten in months), however avocado, garlic, and onion all affect
my IBS and my stomach bloated immediately,” Alyce wrote.
The model said she once phoned six restaurants in advance
to find which had food that wouldn’t upset her tummy.
“Although every restaurant we contacted tried to
accommodate me, none of them could. Situations like this takes the joy out of
doing something simple,” she said.
Even though IBS has left Alyce feeling overwhelmed at
times, she praised her boyfriend and other friends for being supportive of her
“Luckily for me, my friends and boyfriend are the best and
they completely understand my situation and love me anyway,” she said.
This isn’t the first time the Australian has opened up
about her condition. Last year the Instagrammer shared a side-by-side pic of
her stomach before and after the bloating.
“For the past three years I’ve suffered from IBS. The
symptom I suffer with specifically is
“It began literally overnight while I was living in
America. I woke up one morning, my stomach was extremely bloated and I was
experiencing sharp stabbing pains,” she wrote.
The model encouraged people with the condition to remain
positive and resilient.
BELOW?? A very honest & very personal post that I am sharing in the hope that it can help someone else. *NOTE* This story has a positive ending so if you read it, read it all! For the last 3 years, I have suffered with IBS. The symptom I suffer with specifically is severe bloating. It began literally overnight while I was living in America. I woke up one morning, my stomach was extremely bloated & I was experiencing sharp stabbing pains. From that day on, my life was never the same. This illness is often very misunderstood & overlooked a lot by medical professionals & the general public alike. No, it is not life threating, but it is a condition that has caused & had a severe negative impact on my mental & physical health. To me, that alone is enough to be considered an illness. There was never 1 day in 3 years, that I ever felt completely well or healthy. The repercussions of feeling this way not only effected my mental & physical health, but effected relationships & my work as a model. For those of you reading who suffer from IBS or a similar condition (or know someone suffering) will understand & know exactly what I am talking about, & others may scroll past this post. But this is real, it hurts & I am sharing my experience & how I came to get better so it can possibly help someone else. The above photo on the right where I am bloated was the stomach I put up with 90% of the time for 3 years. The photo on the left is my stomach NOW 90% of the time (+ 4kgs of body fat down compared to the photo on the right). No woman or man is ever going feel good about themselves, while physically looking like the photo on the right. Looking this way was just one of the battles, the other was how I felt. Sick, nauseous, sore, unmotivated & very lethargic. Feeling like this often made the smallest thing in my day a struggle (getting dressed for example). All I wanted to wear, was my pyjamas & not move from a laying down position, as sitting upright hurt too much. *CONTINUED IN COMMENTS
“One, you can feel upset or sorry for yourself and let that
negativity ruin your day/night/month; or two, you can pick yourself up, find a
way to turn the situation around as best you can and keep going!”
Sources: thesun.co.uk, metro.co.uk, dailystar.co.uk