Ah, geez, thanks flchurchlady!!! I did have CD in my small intestine, but also in the large and rectum. Resections didn't work for me, and finally the surgeon decided it best to just remove it all rather than trying to save any. What a wise, wise man Dr. Fazio was back in 1984. All of the resections were done trying to spare me from having an ileo the rest of my life. I was only 24 at the time and single, and very negative against having an ileostomy. My attitude changed once I was pain free and living LIFE again!!!
Yep, I have been very fortunate... 24 years this past July with no signs of Crohn's. And, 10 years was the time frame my surgeon had given me as an aiming point at the time of surgery. At the 10 year mark, I had quite a party for myself!!! At the time, I was hoping that I wasn't shooting myself in the foot for celebrating, but I am still Crohn's-free and hope to remain that way the rest of my life.
Best of luck to you.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery