It's wonderful you have such a supportive husband. I wouldn't even pay attention to what the relatives are yapping about. This is your decision, not theirs. They aren't the ones suffering. Come to think of it, I didn't even tell my husband's relatives...none of their beeswax. My husband was and still is extremely supportive. He and my daughter, who still lives at home, were the ones who talked me into the surgery. Personally, I was scared stiff to go through it but very tired of taking all those pills for twelve years and becoming prednisone dependent.
I had the surgery at age 63 (I am 64 now). My surgeon refused to do a j-pouch on me because of my age and extensive use of prednisone. He said it would be too stressful on my body. There were a few blips, but I got over them. My surgery was last June 28th. Life is grand! I went from taking 17 - 25 pills a day plus the rectal meds down to only 1 pill a day for my blood pressure .
You'll be fine. Think positive!!!!