I had a very stressful job, quit smoking and had a baby. Noone in my family has colitis. Just lucky me.
This is EXACTLY me 15 years ago when I was first diagnosed. I achieved remission for 10 years without meds. I had a major stressor in July and was in full flare by September, and here I am.
My early childhood is quite similar to the Original poster, lots of ear infections, tubes in ears, tonsillectomy, adenectomy, a perforated ear drum, and lots of antibiotics... (in the late 60's early 70's)