I'm sorry that you lost your friend at such a young age.
I too had a good friend die of pancreatic cancer at age 44, and watching what she went through really influenced my decision to have a proctocolectomy, because I did not want to end up with colon or rectal cancer.
That was a year ago, and I have been in remission from Crohn's without having to take any meds. I'd like to keep it that way, because the meds have side effects that I don't miss having to deal with. I'm glad you're doing well.
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)