My name is Marah and I am 23 years old. I put parentheses around diagnosed because my clockwork came back inconclusive that they do to see if you have Crohns. My doctor did a colonoscopy and feels 100% that this is Crohns disease. I currently don't have insurance so I can't do the other blood test that is very expensive. When I was 16 I started having stomach issues. Bad diarrhea and pain. It took me awhile to go to the Dr but when I did they kind of just ignored me. Told me to take some metamucil or some citracell. Of course that didn't help. I went a couple other times and they just shooed me off thinking I was milking it. Fast forward 7 years, yes I just said 7 years. I began having diarrhea upwards of 20 times a day, extreme stomach pain and started bleeding bad. I was losing weight and never wanted to eat. There are days I couldn't even get out of bed. How do you do that with a 2 year old?! Finally got into the GI with no insurance. Had to pay a couple hundred dollars for that! We did a colonoscopy and that showed my terminal ileum was extremely sick and diseased. They did a CT scan and I also had a abscess and about 1 inches of my small intestine was diseased. The hospitalized me for 4 days to get IV antibiotics and to keep a close watch on me. They started 40 mg of prednisone and I'm on Pentasa and today I'm starting Imuran because after 1 month of prednisone and 2 weeks of Pentasa I'm still not doing that well. I will be taking 100 mg of the Imuran a day. I'm very scared and reluctant to take this medicine even though I want to get better. I'm scared of the risks and how it will make me feel. I'm also saddened because I want another baby really soon as my daughter will be turning 3 this month. So my question is, how long did intake to achieve remission with Imuran. Do I have to take it a long time or can I achieve remission and then go off of it? Are there any programs out there that will help me with my bills? I'm sitting on about 20,000 worth of medical bills just for 2 months! Its very stressful and scary!