I don’t know if it’s so much denial as learning to respect our own limitations. Sometimes you can cause a lot of damage trying to do things that are no longer physically appropriate for you. That said, giving up completely isn’t the right answer either, so somewhere in the middle is the balance of keeping as active as you can without overdoing it so you feel worse.
@keeptrying, not sure what your limitations are but have you considered equine therapy if you like to ride? My cousin has MS and even when her condition was very severe (she was wheelchair bound in her 20’s), she was able to do equine therapy. She considers it a big part of why she is able to walk today. Also, just being around the horses was really helpful because it kept her spirits up. For some of us, a dose of “barn smell” is what we need to feel at home again.
Best wishes to all of you for a safe and healthy New Year.