I think your son is off to a great start taking his prescript
ion medication and also seeing an integrative medicine doctor. I find that combining medications with supplements to have been the most helpful. During flares, i also see an integrative medicine doc, which is reimbursed by my insurance
Yes, it's very possible to have a fulfilling life with UC. My life has definitely been more challenging than the average young person due to have an illness, but I have a long-term partner, supportive friends, finished college/grad school successfully and am working full-time at my dream job. I have not given up on any of my dreams---just have to get creative about
how to make things work with UC. I have a few friends with UC who are also working and are married etc. During flares, I do take very good care of myself and slow down at work.