I read a news article recently about the former Japanese PM, saying that he quit his job due to UC, and thought that it was terrible that UC had affected him in such a manner.
However, I then realized that the even bigger message from this is that even though he had been diagnosed with UC from when he was 17 years old, and had regular flare-ups, he managed to still have a lengthy and successful political career, and even became the youngest Prime Minister of Japan.
Just thought I'd share.
Rio, 31 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
07/07-11/07: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6 week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
11/07: Switched from Asacol to 12 x 750mg Colazal (3 weeks on it and symptoms got worse)
12/07: Asacol 4800 mg, Started Azathioprene 175mg, Prednisone taper from 60mg - Now on alternate days of 20mg and 10mg; 2/08: added 1 Pentasa x 1mg.