My story is i was diagnosed at 22, put on 5ASA meds. Didn't really do much to maintain remission, massive flare at 23 requiring 11 day hospital stay with IV steroids, IV ciclosporine, 6MP and more. Basically I couldn't taper off the steroids at all as my UC had become steroid dependant. long story short along with bad reactions to all the meds i was on, my steroid dependancy and my fear of what the future would hold with regards to cancer, i chose to have surgery at age 24.