I am the only person in my family that has UC (including aunts, uncles, cousins, etc). One of my cousins has Crohn's, but she's adopted. Anyway, I think I read that about
20% of people with UC have a family member who also has it. I'm not sure what they meant by "family member" though...like would that include third cousins and such, or just parents, siblings, grandparents? I'm personally not going to worry about
whether or not my son will have it. If it happens, it happens. I just hope that if it does, he's at least in his late 20s before it starts. And if I am able to keep my UC under control, I'll probably have another child.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).