Hi, my name is Christina, and I too am new to this site. I understand where Kelsey is coming from. I was diagnosed with UC in December of 2001. I was a Junior in high school and no one had really heard about this disease yet. I was scared to death when the doctor gave me several different types of medicine and then told me that if the medicine didn't put me into remission with in a year, I would have to have a surgery. I was at the doctor's office with my mom and we both decided that surgery was out of the question. Year after year I saw the doctor and nothing got better. I was sent to a GI in Eugene, Oregon who tried the same things the first doctor tried. I seemed to get worse, not better. By this time, I was finally married, my husband and the rest of my family and I talked and decided that we wanted to go with the surgery. We asked the doctor and he said he wanted to try a new medicine. At this time I was on Asocal amd the he decided to go with Lialda, which is the same thing as Asocal with a different name. This too did not work, so I asked again for the surgery. The doctor told me to take Prednisone. Then he took me off that and put me on Imuran, which again is the same as prednisone. I was getting worse every year and didn't know where to go since the doctor wasn't helping me. My husband and I recently moved to Texas and I got a doctor here that I was afraid was going to be the same way as the doctor in Oregon. I asked him once for a surgery, and now I have a surgery date of Oct. 15th of this year. I am scared and happy at the same time.
Now, I know that surgeries are not for everyone and that UC affects us all different. I know there is a new medicine out there called Remicaid. It's something worth looking into. I hope you find a good treatment Kelsey.