it is true that the vast majority of people who hang out at the boards, this or others, are people for the most part who continue to face challenges
there are some who return to comment, who have experienced significant success and what to share their story as a matter of hope
i read a statistic , and im sorry i can not give you a link, it was long ago, but of those who implement life style changes more than 25 % experience substantial improvement or in some cases total remission.
its not a black or white situation, you can get better , and at your age i would bet you will live to see the invention of drugs and procedures that will eliminate this disease as we know it. many here have had great success with fundoplication and other procedures.
dont give up hope.... and... you are not alone
btw, athletes who do endurance exercises esp long distance running are noted to have a higher risk of gerd