Hi and welcome to Healingwell. I once enjoyed a 20 year remission. During those days I pretty much lived as if I didn't have Crohns. Could eat anything I wanted etc. I did my remission med free too, but I will tell you I will never do that again. My remission ended with an emergency resection, not a pleasant ending. While I was busy getting on with my life, the Crohns was still in there microscopically doing its damage until I completely obstructed. The only Crohns meds I now take is Asacol (sister med to Pentasa). I like you had 3 children, and now have 5 grandbabies. So like you I was able to live a relatively normal life.
I am again in remission, but because of two resections only 3 years apart, life is a little different now. I can no longer eat anything I want, became lactose intolerant, no alchohol, no red meat, and live on a low residue diet all the time now. But I am not complaining, because unlike many folks on these boards, I have it way better than most. I am lucky that my Crohns has been mild most of my life. I hope I go on to have another long remission.
Again welcome to Healingwell!! You will find alot of wonderful and supportive folks here who are trying to live with this darn disease just like you and me. Look forward to hearing more from you!
It's nice to meet you and I enjoyed reading your well written intro. I am in remission from Crohn's and was tentatively DG'd (diagnosed) in 2002, with a scope DG in 2003. I had several minor flares and symptoms that I remember from age 5, and a moderate flare in my 20's that included 6 inflammation induced miscarriages in 7 years, and have 4 beautiful grown children.