"I was relieved that what I was feeling had a name and medicine I could take."
I felt exactly the same way. I'd had symptoms for about a year before I was diagnosed with CD. Lost a ton of weight, felt so tired all the time, and running to the bathroom after every meal. Not knowing what was causing this made it even worse.
At this point, I've had Crohn's for 22 years and the way I feel about it changes all the time!
I'd love to be in total remission and love even more if there was a cure. At the same time though, I feel like in a lot of ways, CD helped make me the person I am today. I don't feel like it defines me...but I feel a lot stronger and that I've been through a lot more than a lot of my peers, and have still managed to thrive. Changing my diet to SCD has also helped me cope with my CD - and has made me feel more empowered than ever. It's nice to have some control over how I feel and know that there are certain things I can eat now that won't cause me problems.
Wishing you (and everyone here!) good health in the years to come!
Diagnosed with CD in 1989 - age 11
Resection surgery in 1997
Currently on Remicade - 10mg/kg, every 8 weeks
Take 1000iu of Vit D daily and B12 shots monthly
Started LDN - 1.5 mg - May 2011
Gluten/corn/soy/sugar/caffeine+ free - since 12/01/09
SCD - since 01/25/11