Thanks for sharing your story. I'm so sorry you've had to go through this, because Crohn's is bad enough, but I sure am glad they found it. It does sound like a blessing in disguise.
Your story reminds me of a friend of mine who found out she had colon cancer when she went in for gall bladder surgery, and the doctor accidentally nicked her colon. Had that not happened, who knows when she would have found it? Another woman I know had thyroid cancer a couple of years ago and has been cancer-free ever since her thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine treatment. Please hang in there, it's almost over!
I don't know if this will help with your output, but some foods that I notice really thicken things up are sticky white rice, bananas, peanut butter, and bread. I like to make peanut butter and banana sandwiches with honey on top. Yum!
I pray that you continue to improve. Please keep us updated on how you're doing.
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)