I am 41 years old and live in East Yorkshire, England. I have been suffering with UC symptoms for 20 years but only recently had a confirmed diagnosis. When I am symptom free I enjoy an active lifestyle which includes running half marathons amongst many other outdoor activities. My current flare-up has been with me since Christmas 2011 and there appears to be no let-up at the moment. The medication I have been given (Pentasa) is useless apart from exacerbating my symptoms.