Sorry to hear about your new CD diagnosis, we all feel your pain, trust me. When I was first diagnosed in March 2006 I hadn't even heard of CD before so I did a lot of research online, which scared the c**p out of me, all the talk about fistulas, fissures, resections, etc, it was overwhelming! I thought, "is this what my future holds?" It still scares me very much, although I have been luckier than a lot of people with CD, no fistulas, fissures or surgeries (yet!). One thing I can tell you is that it definately changes your quality of life, many of the things I enjoyed before I got CD I can't do now, such as enjoying a nice meal, or any activity which takes me out of range of a bathroom. I don't bother eating out anymore knowing that I will either end up throwing it up or having terrible abdominal pains. I eat small meals throughout the day, that helps me a lot, no heavy meals anymore, my stomach won't allow for that.
My advice to you is research, read as much as you can, it is scary at first but the more knowledge you have of the disease the more in control you will feel. Take care newbie!
DX with CD March 2006