You can live with a stricture. It depends on the symptoms though. Are you having regular bowel movements? Passing gas without issue? Do you ever feel nauseas, or actually throw up? If they're not going to resect it, then how are they going to treat the pain it's causing?
My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Has used Prednisone and Pentasa. Started Imuran (02/09), had an abdominal abscess (12/08). 2cm of Stricture.
Started Remicade in Feb. 2014, along with 100mgs. of Imuran.