Karl Tucker, 25, from Oxfordshire, England, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, in 2014. After several surgeries and visits to the hospital, he now has an ostomy bag.

Between operations in April and August of 2015, Tucker lost nearly 30 pounds, and he was so sick he couldn’t wash or dress himself, according to the Daily Mail. He used to go to the gym and play soccer five times a week, so when he was finally able to resume his fitness routine in December 2015, he used selfies to track his progress — and boost his confidence.

Tucker then decided to share the photos with Crohn’s and Colitis UK’s Facebook page, and he received an overwhelming response.

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