You will learn to manage with it, by figuring out what you can and cannot do comfortably (physically and mentally). This forum will help you learn faster!
And, better living through chemistry. It's an adjustment to accept having to rely on medicine, probably for the rest of your life, but you'll do better if you just accept that is the case. Some people struggle with that.
You might also want to think about who to tell. I'm an advocate for not telling anyone you don't have to, including friends and employers. But others feel differently about that.
So there's a little advice from me! Be well!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills.
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.