Funny thing about my story is I dont remember not being sick. well to me it wasnt sick I thought it was normal and that everyone felt the way i did or had the same bathroom habits. Basically I got diagnosed with Crohns when i was a senior in High school. but I had a lot of stomach problems since i was about 4 or 5. I'd miss numerous days of school and every time my mom would take me to the doctor they would tell her I was one of those kids who would fake symptoms to try to get out of school. So for years until my diagnoses my mom kept taking me to dr after dr until she got so fed up with me that she just came to the discission that it was all in my head. That was till my senior year. I had totally lost my appitite and in about a month in a half I lost 35 pounds. Mind you I was never over weight to begin with. So being 5 foot 4 I weighed in at about 93lbs. My mom panicked and took me to a shrink of all people and told her that I was not eating and that I was starving my self, but of course this was not the case. I went in for a check up with my regular Dr and she also accused me of starving my self per my mother. this went on for about 5 months. she put me on all kind of depression medication among other things. I kept feeling my self get weaker and weaker. Some days it was like running a 5k marathon just to get up the stairs. My Dr finally admitted me to the hospital after I started passing out at work and at school. Thats when I had to drink that wonderful stuff called barium. (miserable shit) they took me through the whole Ct scan process Iodine and all, and finally realized there was a problem. they set me up for a colonoscopy the next day and i gotta tell you I will take barium anyday over that gallon of go lightly stuff. (anyone else think it tastes like sweat?) After I came out of the procedure I was diagnosed with Crohns and like most of you I was like what the heck is that?!?!?!? I was refered to a specialist and then all the medication began. I really havent had a remission period since then. and if i did I havent really noticed. One day Im fine the next im doubled over in pain running for the nearest bathroom, and other days ill go weeks with out even seeing the bathroom. So I guess this is normal life with Crohns. Im happy to say though I have not had to go through any surguries as of yet. Since being diagnosed 3 years ago its hard for me to say ive really even started to cope with the fact that I have this disease still or even the fact that its chronic. It really changed my life and sometimes its really hard to make it through somedays. But I guess we all take it a day at a time, and thats all we can do!