Post Edited (Colitis Confusion) : 1/1/2009 6:40:07 PM (GMT-7)
I don't believe UC is a cause of death. I think your grandpa's brother didn't die from UC, he may have died from a complication. Also remember that he was 33 about 50 years ago and medical technology has come a very long way. No cure yet for UC but lots of available testing to find complications (blockages, perforations, etc) in time.
My daughter had her surgery this past summer at 17 years old. She was steroid dependent, the meds were not keeping her in remission, and she didn't want to live the next 60+ years always trying to stay one step ahead of UC.
Her GI also said diet wasn't the cause of UC. However there were (and are) some things that bother her more. She chooses to stay away from them (or not) knowing how they affect her.
You are right, this is a wonderful site. The support here is phenomenal.