What a lot you have been through! I'm continually amazed at the strength of people here and their challenges with IBD.
I was diagnosed with left sided UC, after a colonoscopy, last fall. Since I was mostly unconscious (ha) when the doctor talked to me afterwards, I didn't really understand the implications of IBD. It didn't seem like that big a deal, and 6 pills a day (asacol) seemed pretty over the top to me. After a few weeks, I thought I was having too many side effects, so when he prescribed Rowasa instead, yikes, I really thought he was overreacting. I didn't think I was that sick, so I quit all meds and went into remission for about a month.
Then in Jan., the week before I was going on a cruise, I went into a flare. I managed it throughout the trip by eating every other day and imodium. When I got home, the docs put me back on asacol and prednisone, and I took this DD much more seriously. I tapered off pred in March and would not say I'm in remission but managing. I have some good days and some not. I'm so glad to have found this forum where I've gained so much info, and it's helped me put my disease in perspective, but still approach it cautiously.
I do the bookkeeping for our family business, I'm into yoga (2 classes a week plus breathwork) and exercise at least 3x a week (I'm kind of compulsive about it) even if it's at slow speed. I participate in a couple other forums for ex smokers and people who are trying to quit, read, and like gardening, too. I have the coolest cairn terrier in the world, named Toto.
I love your attitude!
Potato... Female, 58, dx mild left sided ulcerative colitis 11/07
asacol 3 3x a day asacol 2 3Xday
rowasa tapering to 2 x week
Centrum, Vitamin E 400 mg
omeprazole 2x a day
oxazepam (anti anxiety) when needed