Hi, Mike. I've been on Remicade for more than three years now, and just recently have been having a little increased frequency after several rounds of antibiotics for an infected tear duct. Hydrocortisone suppositories are clearing that up quickly, and my recent colonoscopy was normal - no active UC.
I live a normal life. I can't believe this, but I actually don't know where the restrooms are in some of the restaurants we eat in often! I no longer have to schedule appointments around my morning bathroom time. So yes, there is hope for the future. And as young as you are, there will be even more effective treatments coming in your lifetime; perhaps even a cure.
There's no question that this disease sucks big time, but you'll be surprised at how well you'll learn to cope. And those coping skills will transfer to other areas of your life when you no longer need them to cope with a flare.
Ulcerative colitis forum co-moderator
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroids.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"