As julee said, there are plenty of success stories, but unfortunately, these folks often don't hang around the forum to share and encourage others. The majority of active posters are those that are suffering and looking for answers.
I suffered off and on for years with irritable bowel syndrome before I was "upgraded" to UC in 1999. I spent two years struggling and was extremely ill. I used that time when I was home so much to educate myself. I read everything on IBD and the digestive system I could get my hands on and collected a library of digestive health books. Through research and trial and error, I found the combination of meds, supplements, diet and lifestyle changes that worked for me and have been in remission, with only a few minor flare ups, for years.
I continue to be vilgilant with my health and diet, but I no longer feel ill, worry about where the next bathroom might be or let UC stop me from living life. I'm in better shape than I was prior to my diagnosis, I eat much healthier, I got out of a bad relationship and remarried a wonderful guy. I got out of a stressful job and found a fulfilling, low stress job that's within walking distance of my home. I travel. I try new things. I have a strong faith and am active in my church and serve others. I workout regularly and I look and feel 10-15 years younger than I am.
My best advice to everyone is to educate yourself on all the options and find the combination of therapies that works for you. It can be done, but you have to take charge of the process.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.