As far as I know you should get a service invaliding pension. If you do some digging on google you will find some info both from the MOD and from forums. Keep your chin up and get as much info as you can about the crohn's disease from reputable websites. If you do get MD'd box clever with resettlement and stay positive.
Also if I was you I'd be up front with your MO/UAO and find out what is what through offical lines. Speak to people in the know as this is something they should take seriously.
That is a tough diagnosis. i think you will be discharged but to be honest you will not enjoy service life as a sufferer. A friend of mine's wife was in the RAf and she had a prettty REMF trade but she was too sick even for that trade and got pensioned off.
But equally I have come across two individuals with Crohns disease who were not discharged. One went on to complete a 22 year career and the other is still serving; albeit at P7. So I suppose a lot of it will depend on the severity of your condition.
Seconded, for the same reason.
NACC are a very good organisation, and should have a local group near you. Alternatively, they offer a telephone counselling service, 'NACC-in-Contact' which may be of some use to you.
On a less positive note, the only serving person I know who was diagnosed with Crohn's was given a medical discharge, even though he did not have a particularly severe case.
As above, your discharge will depend on how physically you are affected by it. I have Crohns, I have an iliostomy (Look it up) a a consequence of Crohns, however that can be reversed and hopefully will be soon. If you want a chat with someone who also has this disease or if I can answer any question you might have, PM me, I'll be glad to help.
Keep an open mind on this, it may turn out ok, but with 12 years in you can't be much over 30 so it's not the end of the world, civvie life may not be what you want, but you can still live your life to the fullest after the Military. Good luck matey.
Hello mate. I was diagnosed with Crohns last year, almost killed me but here i am.....standing tall and enjoying life again. I was misdiagnosed for 2 years with IBS....luckily i took myself to Hospital and had the life saving operation, i had an Ileostomy Bag for 6 months...as already been said its not the end of the world. I am still serving. I am a WO2 and have served 22 years. I am due to be assessed by the Army Occupational Health Board soon and will let you know i get on. I am due to move in March 2011 for my last 2 years and i am currently at P7 also. i am in an Instructional post at the moment so i am non deployable. If you want any info drop me an e-mail mate. email@example.com. Go to the NACC page, they are extremely helpful. You will find more people out there with Crohns who are still in. It can be nasty mate but its not the end of the world as long as you are willing to change your lifestyle.
I worked for a pharmaceutical company a few years ago that was working on some wonder drug for Crohns disease, it was called Remicade, maybe try and google it, the company I worked for was R and D and so it may not have made it to the market, but its worth a shot. The company was called Chiroscience. It was supposed to be taken regularly so a residual amount was in the system and it prevented "attacks" and inflammation.