My son is 48 and has had UC for over 20 years, he lives in USA. His latest flare has been severe for an unremitting 2 years, his treatment has been steroids, Humira and Methotrexate but his symptoms persist severely restricting his life whilst having painful and debilitating side-effects. He is a self-employed massage therapist who is very health and body conscious, he attends the gym frequently and gets depressed when his condition stops him going. He hangs desperately onto the fact that before this episode he had a symptom-free 5 years and is determined he will get there again. Meanwhile we watch from a distance as he looks older and older and as his life-style gets more restricted, although he remains optimistic and tries to approach his situation cheerfully, as his close family we wonder whether his life would be better if he had a colostomy. He will not contemplate a colonostomy, he is full of negative thoughts that his social and working life would be over if he had one. What I am asking is if there is anyone willing to to offer their experiences so that we all be better informed
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