Welcome Jen! I was also diagnosed when I was 16. I suggest getting on a medication that works for you, and stay on it!! Although there is always a chance of disease returning, sometimes it's less sereve if you are on meds. The side effects can be scary, but sometimes the alternative is even worse.
I try to eat as healthy as possible with the foods my body tolerates, and get in light exersice everyday...even if I'm not really feeling up to it (example. I'll walk around the house 20 times throughout the day if I'm feeling ill).
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Diagnosed at 16, 23 yrs old now.
3 Bowel Resections, gallbladder removed, 3 abscess cleanings, fistula repair
Current Meds: Methorexate, Cimzia, Welchol, Nexium, B12 injections, Opana ER, Oxycodone, Paxil.