This mom's response to a woman calling her son 'repulsive' is still going viral - a year after posting it!

By Nombulelo Manyana
06 June 2017

"Was this the first choice of a life I would have chosen for my son? Absolutely not. But this was his only shot at life."

A mother from South Carolina took to social media to hit back at a woman who called her sick child “repulsive”.

A year ago, Dallas Lynn was waiting in line to pay for her grocery at Walmart when her son Jameus, who was two years old at the time, wanted her to pick him up.

Naturally, as she went to pick him up out of the cart his shirt came up, exposing his stomach and his two stoma bags.

She wrote in the Facebook post that she usually dresses him in a onesie underneath his shirt but that night she just got him dressed quickly so they could run to the store. The onesie helps to keep his bags in place and to keep him from tugging on it.

"There was an older woman in line behind me who caught a glimpse and shrieked a little before she said to me "why in the world would you let someone do that to him?" she wrote.

Shocked by her reaction, Dallas told the elderly lady that "his colon didn't finish forming so he needed them." She did elaborate on how her little boy has a rare disease called Hirschsprung's disease, a condition that affects the colon and causes problems with passing stool.

"I was a little annoyed from her first statement. She then goes 'well I am sorry but I just think that is so 'repulsing', can you please keep his shirt down?'."

"At this point I just wanted to shake this woman and scream 'what is wrong with you?!' But instead, I told her to have a good night and went to another line."

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She says she shared the picture and post to show people that her son was not 'repulsive'.

"There is nothing repulsive about my son. Stomas and ostomies seem to be a taboo, when in reality, over 500 000 Americans have one. My son's disease may be rare, but his stomas are not."

Dallas went on to say that when her son was only two weeks old, his colon ruptured. It left him with a life-threatening infection that nearly killed him. His stoma saved his life.

A stoma is a surgically-created opening on the surface of the abdomen, which diverts the flow of faeces or urine. People who have had stoma surgery are sometimes known as 'ostomates' or 'ostomists'.

"Was this the first choice of a life I would have chosen for my son? Absolutely not. But this was his only shot at life. There is a very good chance he will have these for the rest of his life and if he does, it will be my job to teach him a positive body image."

"It will be my job to teach him to love himself, and his bags. Had he been a couple years older and been able to understand the ignorance the lady was spewing in line behind us, how much of a negative impact do you think that would have had on him?"

She went on to reprimand the woman, saying that what she doesn't seem to understand is that when her son is no different to any other toddler.

"When my son is healthy, he is no different than any other 2 year old. He runs, plays, swims and goes to daycare.

"When he's healthy, you wouldn't be able to look at him and know he's had over 20 surgeries and procedures. You wouldn't know that he's got more ahead in his future. You wouldn't know he gets painful home dilation and irrigation treatments twice a day every day."

"You wouldn't know that every day a catheter is put into his stoma to "feed" it stool twice a day in the hopes of growing his colon. He's my heart. He is so funny, and full of personality. He is sweet and loving and kind but also a little ball of fire."

Her plea is that people choose their words wisely, especially when talking about something they have no knowledge of.

"Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about, and my son is winning his."

Her post has received such widespread support it's still getting shares and racking up comments more than a year on from the incident. It has just over 68 000 likes since it was first posted.

A GoFundMe page set up to fund his medical expenses has so far raised more than $10 600 (R136 000).

Sources: Viral Thread. The Mirror. Washington Feed.

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