I went through exactly the same thing you are going through now. Even still to this day, I have my moments of "gosh, I'm going to always have this disease", but when I have those moments now, they're not as bad as in the beginning. Like many here said, you are going to figure out your medication routine, what amounts help, what foods to eat and not eat, and things can be great! I have been diagnosed for almost 3 years now and have a VERY active life. I drag race, ride my horses, I have a crotch rocket of a motorcycle that I am planning on HOPEFULLY racing next year. Right now, I'm in Montana having some quality alone time with my horse and dog... Getting away from the stresses of a troubled marriage and hectic work schedule. Which leads to my next point... You have to take care of YOU.. I was always putting myself last and that will lead to stresses that you can avoid, which will help you avoid flares.. Another important thing I can say is that you stay on your medications. I tried going off mine a few times when I thought I was better, but that always for me ended up with me back in a flare. So now I am on Rowasa enema's once a day, every day and that's it, for maintenence. Although, sometimes I will take a night or two off, just because I get sick of sticking things up my poopie-hole... LOL...
Try not to worry too much, (I know, easier said than done)... this is an AWESOME Place to come for support, God knows I have gotten my fair share of that here over the last few years, and what a blessing it has been, as I am sure it will be for you too :)
Diagnosed with U/C January 31st, 2004, IBS on July 21st, 2006, Dr says possible Crohn's...We'll see..
Meds: Rowasa enema's - OK, finally got brave enough to start every other night.
Canasa 1000mg. AM Only, - Bentyl 10mg. As needed, - Culturelle 1x a day
Nexium - 40mg, 1x per day, - Xanax .5mg as needed which is haldly ever,