Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: 2 Patches of Mild Chrohn's Colitis (unconfirmed)Medication: 4000mg Pentasa a day, 5mg Clipper Steroid (Beclometasone dipropionate)
Please don't scare yourself silly. The best thing you can do for yourself is educate yourself, but realize that we are all individuals. There is a vast range within this disease from mild to severe and you may fall anywhere within that. My Mom had CD and I have CD, so I have basically "lived" with this my whole life, and you can have a relatively normal life. I have been married for 23 years, I have 2 daughters, I have always worked, I have traveled, done outdoor activities, volunteer work, belong to clubs, and yes, I have had 3 resections and have had to spend some time in the hospital from time to time. The one thing I have learned is that if there is something I want to do, I will find a way to do it. I may have to make adjustments, but I will do it. Maybe I didn't volunteer to be the chaperone for the hike in the woods, because there was no bathroom, but I was the parent charperone for the museum trip instead. Instead of being PTA President I was Co-president so that if I did get sick there was back up. Its all about adjustments and thinking things through.
You just have to plan a little more than the average person, and be a little more aware of your surroundings. But you can have a normal life.