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.