There is a great article this month in More magazine (it's a magazine for women over 40).
It's about trying to work when you have a chronic disease, and about telling your employer or not, how to cope with feeing bad when you need to work, making alternative work arrangements or even changing careers. It's very interesting, applicable to men as well as women.
Sorry, they didn't put in online, but it's the issue with Emma Thompson on the cover.
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 wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days.