Hey Johnathan, I was actually active again very soon after takedown. But then I also worked out with my first ileostomy and my second (after the first failed takedown). I started each time I came home from the hospital, walking 1/2 mile the first day and then adding 1/4 to 1/2 mile a day until I got up to 5 miles. Then I would jog for a couple of minutes alternating with walking. Plus I started back to lifting with 15 pound dumbells after every surgery. So now, four months after takedown I can (slowly) run 7 miles, and I deadlifted 225 pounds last Sunday afternoon (I weigh about 135). So I think you need to begin slowly without expecting too much of yourself, then adding a bit every workout. I was also a bit depressed and for me that went away as soon as I was jogging again. But not all depression lifts so easily - you may want to seek medical support. There is no reason to allow depression to keep you from a full recovery. It can be treated in many different ways. I wish I only went 4-8 times a day!!! On some of my first runs I went 4 times in three miles. I've learned the best time to run is first thing in the morning before I eat or drink anything.