Diagnosed in 1970, Still Suffering

Diagnosed in emergency surgery in 1970 at age 22. I have been through hell and back for 51 years.

The toll of Crohn's

I have Crohn's disease and that name did not exist when I was diagnosed. I have 3 feet of small intestine including my stomach, duodenum, and less than half of large bowel.

I now suffer from multiple illnesses ALL related to Crohn's. Retinal hemorrhages, cataract surgery, osteoporosis (very painful), stage three kidney failure, skin problems, and dentures.

I have lived and been treated in California, St. Louis, Minnesota, Illinois, and now NE Medical Center.

Crohn's is challenging, but hang in there

I am a retired RN. I have two grown children who have allergies. One with IBD.

I do ok. I live at home and do all activities but in pain. CBD not helping.

Hang in there everyone. There were no good drugs when I was young. I have had 9 bowel resections. I am still hanging in there. Depressed? Yes, I have bad days. That is my story.

By providing your email address, you are agreeing to our privacy policy. We never sell or share your email address.

More on this topic

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The InflammatoryBowelDisease.net team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

Join the conversation

or create an account to comment.