I was at the same job for almost 20 years. It was comfortable as you say, but not rewarding in anyway. I was really good at it though and could do it in my sleep. My boss let me take work home if I needed to, no problem with calling in sick, it was only part-time, so no real stress either. The down side to all this flexibility was that I was way under paid for what I was doing. I was the most senior person in the building and making the least amount of money. (We all worked for different companies, but did the same job) I could see how the economy was going and that things were going downhill. So I took a job doing something completely different on the days that I was not working my regular job. Sure enough within 6 months, my boss joined his company with another and I was out of a job. I could have found another job in my old building, but I had already made my plan and I stuck with it.
The first few months of doing the new job, I hated it. It was in the field I thought I always wanted to be in, and I was miserable. But after I got used to it, things got better. It really was just missing the people and the routine of the old job, not the new job itself. It was scary, but it is for anyone, not just for a CDer, but if you plan things out, you can make them work.
If the economy hadn't forced my hand, I would still be doing my old job. I'm happier now, I make more money and I feel like I'm doing something that makes a difference.
Only you can decide if its worth the scare factor. It could be wonderful, or it could just be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.
CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!
Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....