I was in a bad flare from before my diagnosis until two years ago, was steroid-dependent to even keep things under enough control to be able to function. After about the third treatment with Remicade I started seeing improvement, and now I live a normal life and eat what I want, in moderation. For me, it took the combination of Colazal, Imuran and Remicade. If I drop any one, I flare again.
I truly believe there is or will be a treatment out there that will help each of us to feel normal again. Sometimes it's just a matter of holding on until your treatment is developed or discovered.