in regards to child rearing, it will be harder on you to have a child and take care of it when you still have UC or are recovering from surgery. One of the things that bothers me most about NOT getting surgery sooner is that i missed out on alot of the first two years of my son's life. I was so tired the whole time i couldnt' take go places with him, i even missed going out to the ocean with him. First time things that i will never get back. Then, when he was almost two i had surgey and it was really really hard, because you aren't supposed to lift things and you can't take care of a two year old without lifting them, also he is rather wild, lol. So for the six weeks after my surgery he lived at my grandmas. My husband had to work, and also, if DS had been here he would have been wanting to sleep with me and for me to play with him. It broke my heart to not have him here. After surgery, it is so much easier to take care of him! I take him places all the time now, i play with him, i chase him around the yard, he still wears me out, lol, but that is what kids do!
As for how long your colon can last, i suppose it can last forever, if you stay on the strong drugs, or are willing to be in a constant flare after the drugs quit working. I think it is just up to the person to decide if their colon is "gone"
i thought about the fact that i was treating a colon that was pretty much useless and didn't want to be there anyway, one that was literally turning against me. And i thought that was crazy, why not get rid of the thing, and be cured, completly. It was a hard decision, the second hardest i ever made, but i am sooo glad i did it, every day i think of a little something that makes me glad i did it.
There are lots of new drugs, some that have come out even since i had my surgery, and it is possible there will be a cure one day. I hope that there is, so that people won't have to have surgery.