i had UC for 8 years before i decided to have the surgery. I couldn't imagine spenign the rest of my life sick and on meds and just waiting for another flare, i was missing WAY to much. When you have UC you can't be very far from a bathroom, and i realized i was gonna miss my son's tball games, and all that stuff. I almost missed my sis's graduation becuase i was in a flare. I didn't try all the meds, i admit that, and there were lots of things i could have done, that might have worked, but to me, that was just wasting more time, and i wanted my life back. So, in April, 7 years and 11 months after i first got sick, i had my colon out and it's great! whatever you decide to do will be the right decision for you, and the people on this board and the ostomy board are great support.