If UC is your only health problem then I agree surgery is a better solution then disability. I had surgery 7 years ago and live a full productive life that includes lots of demanding physical activity as well as working a full time job. It's not perfect but it beats living with non-responsive UC and living on meds.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free