25 years and counting
I've had Crohn's for 25 years, had 3 bowel resections with 2 in the last year. Diet for me has played a key role, noting a high fat diet can definitely make matters worse. I stay away from most processed sugars and all artificial sugars now. I love coffee, but limit myself to one a day. When I splurge on a Starbucks mocha, I'll get it with skim milk, no whip. When my flare-up was at it's worse, I drank many, many Ensures. Some dental offices offer coupons and can save you alot of money. These have alot of sugar, but at this point they are essential. My second bowel resection was right after my baby brother passed away suddenly, he was 21 years old. Stress does affect the disorder. My Crohn's had been active for about 10 years but I managed it quite well without medications. Unfortunately, after this surgery, scar tissue became a problem in which case Remicade and other meds cannot do anything about and thus resulted in another resection 10 months later. My GI wants me to continue the Remicade and 6mp even though I now feel great as a precaution, but I am skeptical. Since I just began these in the last year, I really don't know much about them.