I agree that normal is subjective....and we all adjust to our needs accordingly. Make plans for your life, make plans for your future....but don't make them rigidly....create options and start.
Know your options for meds (I don't see rectal meds on there...and they can end up being your best friend especially at the first sign of flare symptoms).
Do you have a good support "system" in California?..friends, family..etc? Personally, I don't think you'll be any worse off health-wise there than here....and if you're doing what you are wanting to do in a place you want to be...you'll probably be better and realise you can do things you want to do (albeit,sometimes with some tweaking).
You'll never know until you try....Many of us seem to go through the stress with some symptoms...but once we're settled in to more of a routine, things level out.
It is what you make of it.....goals and dreams and plans shouldn't be static...always have options.
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!