The Crohn's was totally out of left field. The same year I had the strictures, I also got an anal fissure that the college dr said was from too much pizza as a college student. A year later as a missionary in the Dominican Republic I got parasites. But after that, I was good until a few years later I felt rotten over Christmas break and passed out at my parents' house. My WBC was 22 so they threw IV antibiotics with me and a couple months later I got walking pneumonia, so more antibiotics which led to c. diff. Everything cleared up, but then about 6 months later I literally overnight started having over 20+ bloody bms per day for a week. I got in to a GI really fast and when all stool tests were negative, I had a colonoscopy. So in that respect, I got diagnosed really fast. Looking back, things like the fissure and strictures make sense, but there was zero heartburn, zero abdominal pain or diarrhea, so everything was treated like an isolated incident.
"For this thing I besought the Lord thrice that it depart from me. He said, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities; I take pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distresses, for when I am weak, then am I strong" 2 Cor