I think it compares to being diabetic (type 2). It's an issue you'll always have, but it can be controlled and a state of health maintained with healthier lifestyle changes, supplements and some maintenance meds. Even in my years of "remission," I remained on a low maintenance dose of azulfadine as a sort of safety net. However, I feel probiotics, dietary changes and omega-3s did more to keep me healthy.
As far as ever returning to "normal" as most folks would define it: eating whatever junk I want, drinking, never or rarely exercising, burning the candle at both ends: no. I'll never live like that again. My new lifestyle is much healthier and rewarding.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.