I had 2 very bad years with UC after a 10 year remission. I had surgery. From my experience life without a colon is far better than life with a colon. Is it perfect? No. But life without a colon is by far better for me. No more meds, no more illness, no more canceling vacations and commitments. Getting the surgery talk from a GI is serious. I remember mine. Do your research on all of your options, both surgical choices and medical treatments.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free