Crohn’s Disease

Mrs. Charm, who went back to work full time this month for the first time since last September, still is happily in remission from her lymphoma cancer. But a colonoscopy to discover the meaning of a shadow on her CT and PET scans found that she has Crohn’s Disease.

Since she has no symptoms, her gastroenterologist told her this week, one of her options is to do nothing about it. Change nothing. Take nothing. There is no cure and some of the available treatments could cause her lymphoma to return.

Two friends who have known people with Crohn’s vary widely in their understanding of it: one has struggled with it all her life, the other has hardly noticed it except during periodic “flare-ups.” It seems to be a very individual thing.

So far, in Mrs. C.’s case, it’s also a silent one. And, other than seeking a second opinion in the next few weeks, she is leaning toward doing nothing about it—no dietary changes, no nothing—until she has to.

One response to “Crohn’s Disease

  1. My mother dealt with it from 1967 to her death, not too many years ago. It’s debilitating, but it can be managed.