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Her body ravaged by ulcerative colitis, Ali’s doctors warned her that conceiving and carrying a child would be difficult. Her decision to have a colectomy changed her life and ultimately helped her bring new life into the world.

Ali Lambert Voron’s heart was telling her it was time for a baby. But would her body cooperate?

Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) in her mid-twenties, Ali didn’t realize the disease could be so devastating. Prescription medication, Asacol, initially lead to remission. “It was like, ‘I have colitis, and it doesn’t affect me,’ ” she remembered thinking.

Ali went about the business of living life. Dealing with a disease was nothing new to her — she also has alopecia, an autoimmune disease that caused her to lose her hair when she was 16 years old. “A huge part of my life has been that I don’t have hair and I don’t wear a wig,” she said. “Alopecia is totally a cosmetic thing. In no way has it hurt me or caused me a single bit of pain. But the second anyone sees me, every day of my life, they know ‘ooh, something is up with that girl.’ With colitis nobody would ever know I have it, but it has singed me to my core.”

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