Welcome to our little corner of the world. I'm so sorry you had to go through that awful experience. It sounds like you're very lucky to be alive.
I got rid of my diseased colon two years ago after being sick with Crohn's for 7 years and have not looked back. Life is so good when you're healthy! I have put on some much-needed weight, mainly because I'm absorbing nutrients now, plus I have the energy to exercise again.
The recovery time from surgery varies. I was out driving after two weeks and felt really good after six weeks. My advice is to take your pain medicine if you need it, and rest when you feel like it. Your energy will return, and once it does, you are going to feel as good as you did before you were ever diagnosed.
If you have any questions about
anything, please feel free to ask. We're all here to help.
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)