Wow, I really identify with your story. Not that part about a roommate biting me, thats just strange. BUT, I was a baseball player. Went to college to play ball, lived in the dorms, started drinking quite a bit, and started crapping blood. I figured it was just too much McDonalds and drinking, since it seemed to come and go. However, over the next 4 years it slowly progressed and I kept ignoring it. It got to the point where I couldnt play baseball anymore. I was tired, weak, dehydrated etc. I saw a GI doc, who performed a sigmoidoscopy, declared me fine and told me to eat more fiber (WHAT?!?!?)
Moved to Boston (from CA) to attend law school, and thats when all hell broke loose. During my fist year of law school I started getting EXTREME pain and D. I would be going 15+ times a day, and the blood returned. This time however, I began having the intense burning and cramping in my guts. At one point I found myself vomitting uncontrollably on a cross country flight (the people in my row loved that). Then the next morning I woke up with erethyma nodosum all over my arms and legs and a feeling like my joints were going to explode. I couldnt walk and it took me 10 minutes to hobble across my apartment to the bathroom...not exagerrating. Ended up in the ER and finally properly diagnosed as CD.
Since then I have gotten the disease under control, thank God. I am on 6MP alone and am doing fine (on Asacol as well until I determined that was actually making me worse). At my low point I didnt think I would finish law school...let alone get a job and move forward in life. And forget about meeting a girl, I mean what girl in her right mind would want to be with a guy who craps himself all the time??? (kinda funny how in our mind we have a pity party for ourselves, I mean I fortunately have never gone in my pants, but thats how I looked at myself).
Six years later I have the disease under control - meaning I probably have about 4 to 6 major flares a year which involve serious cramping and burning and D all day for two to three days, and the rest of the time I average 2 - 4 BMs per day, and have to avoid spicy food, alcohol and caffeine which all set me off (I love all three so I dont avoid them COMPLETELY). I am working at a great job and last year I got married to an amazing woman (a Nurse, who amazingly is not disgusted by my disease). Ive been able to continue to travel quite a bit and I still snowboard and golf.
I say these things because I just want to let you know that there is a hope and a future. I don't know if you are religious, but for me, I found meaning and purpose in this struggle because of my faith. I remember when I was in bed and couldn't move because of the pain and I honestly did not know how I would get to the ER because I could not make it downstairs to grab a taxi. At that point, I had no perspective and no ability to see that there was any potential to get better. I am not saying I am cured and everything is great. I am saying, life has lots of ups and downs, and CD is one of the downs. However, there is an amazing amount of inner strength that is developed by going through this, AND, the tough times are not going to last forever. I can't say how your disease will progress, many people on this board have more serious cases than I do, but I can say that if you continue to fight it, life will go on, and it will not be all misery and suffering.
Anyways, hang in there, I feel your pain, literally. And I still regularly have days where I feel down about everything. Its all part of it though.