I'm 50, Mom to 4 grown children, and many Grandchildren. I had symptoms from about 7years old and had 6 miscarrages that I now blame on the Crohn's. I was hospitalized in 1990 with Hydronephrosis, and told I had an unspecfied autoimmune disorder, after 9 days and 19 bags of various antibiotics. I displayed many different symptoms over the next 12years including hives, swelling of joints, a few GI symptoms(not many)but mostly depression (never experenced before 1995), memory loss,serious, fatigue, arthritic and muscle pain. I could not comprend what I read, after teaching myself to read at about 3 years old. In 1995 I resigned a high stress job that I dearly loved, because I felt to weak and venerable to perform my duties.In 2002 within 6 months after Sharon Osborne went public with her Colon Cancer on the reality show, one hospital where I live had 15,000 women between the age of 35-50 years old request Colon scopes, they were all self pay as insurance only covered the scopes for people over 50 at that time, and of those about a third were DX'd with Crohn's, Celiac, or UC. I just happened to chose a OB/GYN who was on staff there to do my female maintainance. She DX'd me on the spot, and sent me for a scope to confirm. It was the best thing to happen for me in a long time. I now work in the natural products industry, a good idea for me so I can afford the SCD diet I use for control.Sometimes it is stressful. I talk to people every day who have major illnesses, some the Doctors have given up on, but it must be my calling, when I get home I come here and do more of the same. I remember what it is like to have the Doctors shrug and say "we just don't know", and how wonderful it was to find a forum like this one where people knew what it was like to suffer before things presented well enough for the Doctors to piece it together and help me.