Since it is coming up on two years now for me of having the disease, it is now starting to get a tiny tiny bit hard to remember the feelings of thinking my colitis would never get better. But I know they were running through my mind 24 hours per day when I was in a bad UC flare. It is probably normal for some family members as well as the actual patient to start thinking this is maybe going to be the way life is, bad symptoms forever, forever, and ever.
Even for new patients who have dealing with symptoms for just a few months, it is very easy to start thinking this way. To feel there is no hope and that the ulcerative colitis will never end. But colitis can end and remission is a definite possibility for so many people. How can it be? How can people claim to have finally gotten rid of most or all of their UC symptoms, when they saw absolutely no signs of it letting up for so long? Well, the mystery of colitis is not completely solved. There is no genie who can come out and tell anybody exactly how their UC will be for their lifetime. But, based on experience, even when its totally impossible to see the light at the end of the tunnel, UC can get under control for anybody. It is the nature of the autoimmune disease itself. The human body is a very complex system, and even though we(meaning the scientific community) is getting very very smart, it is also not 100% there 100% of the time when it comes to needing answers. There is no 100% answer as to why symptoms and remission can come and go, but there is always hope that ulcerative colitis will go away as fast or as slow as it came.