Sleep well villager.....
I thought of one other thing about my catastrophe reasoning..... my primary doc was at the hospital a lot for other reasons, and she came to visit me almost every day, kind of more as a friend than as a doctor (this was during my first hospitalization of the year, in Jan/Feb, ten days, w/a high fever, before I had decided to have the surgery).... I talked about my fears and how I would be vulnerable in a big disaster, and she said that if it was about mental fortitude, I'd be the last one standing.... which was sweet, and like what you just said, we are adaptable and used to adversity, and those are strengths, even if we'd rather not have acquired them the way we did.
I am almost six weeks post op. Healing is a bit frustrating in that it's so slow..... got an abscess in my butt wound, which was a few more days in the hospital, and because I was on so much pred for so long, my surgeon says I'm healing at 50% the normal rate (wouldn't be surprised if she lowers the percentage when she sees me this week). But I am getting better, and very hopeful about the possibility of much better health than I've had in a long time. Great that you're feeling good, and yes, this forum is wonderful.
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Official dx Crohn's colitis. Crazy complications -- cutaneous Crohn's, Erythema Nodosum, marginal keratitis, high fevers. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery