This is an interesting subject. I see both sides. I'm 42 and wasn't diagnosed until I was 37. Howerver, I think I really suffered with bad IBS for a long time possibly Crohns for quite some time before the diagnosis.
Both of my children are in college now and I look back at just how tired I was taking care of them! I agree with the many people here who have written that it is very important to have a family support system. Both my parents had passed away youg and my husband travels often through-out the week. We moved frequently due to his job. I really didn't have a great support system. I tried to get close to my church family and that helped some.
Having an auto-immune disorder is very up and down. After my c-sections....because it is a major surgery I didn't heal like other people. Having an auto-immune disorder and having major sugery is soooo difficult on your system. It truly took me months to recover. Just changing a crib sheet was an event. I was sore, and tired and my baby's were good. It was frustrating. I wouldn't change anything for the world now....but, it is a big undertaking. Breakfast every morning...car rides, I also would have to choose WHO's game to attend... if at all. This is all very exhausting. My children are understanding to a point. They miss me....I have to choose what events to even go to. Daughters grad ceremony or party...not both because I can't do it both!
They are both treasures to me...but I surely would have appreciated Support. Even a nanny to come in a couple hours a day for a nap!
41 yr old woman with 12 surgerys under my belt. Diagnosed in 2005 CD. PTSD 1999. Gullbladder taken 2000, Hysterectomy 2005, Back surgery 1998 with herniation L-4, L-5, S-1. Two-Re-sections on small intestine, total of 18 inches taken out 2006. Stomach Herniation from re-section 2007, Been getting kidney stones too! The good news...finding this website.
Meds: Imuran 200mg daily, asacol, Bentyl, Coelestid, occasional flagyl and cipro, high blood pressure meds, paxil 25 mg, 4/20meq's potassium, synthroid...& try to get alot of laughter in.