I've has crohn's for the past 10 years (im now 27) and it is tough, i've never been med free but i have a great quality of life. I've done a Biology degree, met and married my wonderful husband, held down a high responsibility job (im now part time but im still there!), i look after our home and pets and am now 20 weeks pregnant with our first baby! I do have my limitations but i know what they are, (i can't enjoy meals at friends houses or trips to the theatre amoungst other things). I adore the simple things in life-something that my 'healthy' friends are yet to discover-they all work long hours, burn the candle at both ends, are mostly single and hopelessly searching for 'mr perfect', who doesn't actually exsist! I love to walk in the fresh air, along the beach, i love to snuggle in front of the tv, cook a meal that i can really enjoy, chat to my mum on the phone and dig in the garden! People on the 'outside' of my life would have no idea that there was anything wrong with me.
My toughest years were the first 2 after diagnosis. Finding the right medication, learning what your limitations are and most importantly, learning to take care of yourself:i sleep well, do relaxation/meditation/ and don't drink alcohol.