Hey Jellybean, welcome, and I'm very sorry you're here.
I myself have yet to reach full remission, but there are quite a few people here who have and who are in remission. So to answer your question, yes you can get back to a normal life. It might take a while but you can.
We are all in the same boat here so please never hesitate to vent your frustrations, we all do from time to time.
Here is a suggestion, why don't you make a signature and tell us all about
your meds and when you were diagnosed with UC. Those little things come in handy.
You've found another support group that is just amazing. The wealth of knowledge here (not from me hehe) is just impressive so ask any and all questions. Odds are someone has gone through what you're going through now before, or something quite similar. I don't mean that in a condicending way I mean that in a way to up lift your spirits to know that you're not alone.
Trust me, I'm from the government and I'm here to help. :P haha just kidding, I'm not from the government, but I'll help where I can.
Diagnosed UC 12/2007
Prednisone 40mg x 1/day
Mercaptopurine 50mg x1/day