Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have only a few years with this terrible disease, but feel that surgery is not far away. Reading about experiences such as yours is very valuable. Sorry you had such a hard time.
Was there any particular reason your surgery was so hard and you had such a problem with fevers and such? Were you in relatively good health at the time in a good hospital with a good doctor? I got the impression from some other posts that this was the easiest of the 2 or 3 surgeries involved.
Glad to hear the ostomy bag is a non issue. I, like I would guess many of us who are uninformed have the most concern about that.