I am a male 45 years old. I was diagnosed 9 years ago, with a Colonoscopy. The first flare was really bad, not sure if I was going to live or die. Took 3 months to get to see a good GI doctor (was stuck on a really poor HMO). I have been somewhat lucky, only 3 flares since getting it under control, 2 mild, currently into 8 weeks of an extreme flare.