When I would be sad about not being able to do certain things because of my UC, I would just remind myself that all people are limited by something, whether it's their health, their money, their job or family responsibilities, their shyness, or any number of things. We have this thing.
There are still plenty of ways to enjoy life with UC. I'm having a very happy life, despite a long, long time of struggling with UC on a daily basis.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow