Hi Mindy and welcome. You can totally live life to it's fullest. I was dx'd @ 24 and have done everything my friends have done and more, met my husband, got married in Aruba, have travelled overseas and to the carribbean, partied like a rock star (well maybe not that hard!), continued to put myself through school, bought a house, etc. I try to make the best of any situation (for me there really is no other option, I don't want to sit around and be miserable for too long = ).
I see people who let many things control their lives not neccesarily a medical condition but could be anything and I try not to be like them. I don't want to live like that, I don't want to be that person who is unhappy and lets outside things control their lives, so I keep on trying to be a better person, find a silver lining and always tell myself it could be worse.
Now on the dealing w/UC, when I was first dx'd I had a bad flare and a few other flares when I did not take all my meds and I had to stop taking one of my meds and recently went into a bad flare but am coming out of it. So besides that and a couple of colonoscopy's I have been 'normal'. It can be very difficult going through a flare but make sure to take all your meds, question your doctor and write everything down (I have just started to do this and it is very helpful).
I knew what UC was b/c my Mom had it but still when the Doc told me I had it, then handed me a pamphlet and sent my on my way, I was terrified.........it gets way better.
All my best,
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly;Hydrocortisone e's tapering, Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.