My husband's family has a home in Estes Park, and they love nothing better than driving around, and around, and around Rocky Mountain National Park (not the hiking type, I guess) looking at animals, which is TORTURE for me. My husband knows I have a good time when we find a place in the park to just hang out, near a cold stream or to have a little picnic, watch the chipmunks, enjoy nature, and the public toilets are just 50 yards away!
I love to be outside, and I'll probably die from skin cancer before I would of anything related to this disease!
But I get my exercise in a home gym, then feel can move around outside as much or as little as I want, don't need to do it for the exercise.
Anyway, I remember when I found myself alone when my first marriage ended. I was alone but not lonely, and gave myself plenty of time to enjoy the peace of being alone before I ventured out again. So don't think you need to get out there just because you should, do it when you want to and you feel ready. Give yourself a break!
Then, I liked FitzyK23's advice. She sounds like me when I was between marriages! I moved across the country by myself and did a lot of things alone and was very satisfied with my life.
Except, I never tell people about my illness. It's just not a very dignified disease and I would rather people not be picturing in their minds what I go through. I avoid auditoriums and activities that involve standing in lines, etc. There's still plenty to do.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day.
tapering OFF presnisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.