rocal: Bottom line, it sucks that our kids have this, but a lot of people live full lives without surgery (30% need surgery, that's 70% chance he won't) and only have occational flares that they get under control quickly. I once read that the folks on this sight tend to be worse off then most and that each person is different, everything you read about
won't happen to your child. I still worry all the time, but keep in mind to take it day by day and live in the moment (or you could go crazy). Not everyone with UC developes colon cancer, the more flares the more damage, but they will be on top of it. Over time the fact that your child has a disease will get easier to handle. Anytime your child says "my tummy hurts" your heart will drop and you will want to look at his poop
, this is just the way it is around here.