48 yrs UC
This wonderful tool the internet will probably make you as informed as your GI, in my day the doctor was God and not to be questioned at all, today with the internet UC and other sufferers will be as educated about their disease as the GIs.
I was told at 18 if I didnt recover with the meds the alternative was surgery. Never give in to surgery no matter how low you get, there is tomorrow, you will feel like facing another day.
As a recently retired medical secretary, I have typed many hospital discharge summaries of elderly folks in their 80'swith UC that is just another diagnoses among a host of others.
Yes it is hell, but dont ever give up hope, you might become one of those 80 year olds