I was dx'd with Crohn's Colitis, my disease being confined to the colon down, no small bowel disease. My impression is that disease will generally reoccur downstream from the site of surgery.
There is no "cure" for Crohn's, but removal of the colon, rectum etc is as close as you can get when the small bowel is not involved. I've been disease free for 12 years, but you never know if it will come back....and that kinda sucks.
Dr. Fazio told me the 10 year mark as well. For my 10 year anniversary, I had a party of sorts. It was a celebration that I had made it that far disease free and have been disease free since then too.
That 10 year mark is great news for you, since you have been disease free for 12!!
The 10 year benchmark IS good news...I hadn't heard of that before. That tidbit was well worth dropping by here tonight ! So I guess 12 years for me is a pretty good sign. Now, if I could only fully recover from the A&P I had last July....takin a while to heal up. Patience was never one of my virtues !