Good luck, Sean..... I highly doubt I will ever get back to "normal", like I was pre-diagnosis, having one, maybe 2 normal bm's a day. no urgency, no mucous, no blood..... It surprised me to hear about
your remicade consult- when I went on Remicade, I was extremely ill & unable to leave the house, really. So for someone like yourself, who appears able to live a fairly normal life, it just took me by surprise. Although they are saying that Remicade is gaining popularity as a first-line drug. Even if you choose surgery, it won't be like it was before. Yes, it can be depressing, but you will ALWAYS have this disease. Always, forever, 'til death do you part.