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!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.