I literally could have almost written your exact post a few years back..except that I knew I didnt want more kids again. I've been facing this disease head on since the age of 1.
My first life threatening flare came at the age of 10. I was told I would die before I was 21 if I didnt get my colon removed. My mother fought to keep my colon where it was..and I got a GREAT pediatric gastro who gave me pred for a few years, and a a few other drugs that were considered to be experimental from Cananda (I dont know what???). Well..Im still here.
I have had flares my entire life pretty much...making me bone thin and moon faced at the same time. I sacrificed much of my college life to Colitis. Hospital stays were routine for me, and eventually all drugs that usually worked, werent working anymore. I was given Imuran, and told this was my last chance likely. Now there are a few other options..but I remember sitting in my kitchen and crying like a baby for a few hours with my husband about how I was never going to be a normal mother, wife, and enjoy my life. My little boys were 3 and 4 at that time. Imuran settled in for me in a few months, and without visiting this board, its very easy to forget that I actually have a disease. The blood tests are a small blip in a wonderful life at this point. I had NO side effects and enjoy a life pretty much as normal as anyone without a chronic disease.
My scopes went from awful to the best my gastro of almost20 years has ever seen. Loads of scar tissue, but a very pretty color (not red!!) I wish I had started on this drug years ago... I dont ever wanna see prednisone in my house again!!!
Anyway....I have high hopes for you. I am 36 now, and will take Imuran as long as my blood tests are good. 3 1/2 years so far with no flares or drug side effects.