I remember watching the test happen live. I remember hearing the doctor speak to me. I remember my eyes welling up. I remember being escorted to the bathroom to change. I remember the piercing scream that came out of my mouth and collapsing on the floor. I remember the nurse rushing in to pick me up. I remember yelling for my husband. I remember Alex practically carrying me outside the hospital as anxiety attacked and I gasped for air. Like many conception stories, ours hasn’t been without its challenges.
Ashley’s battle with ulcerative colitisIt was at that moment our lives took a hard detour. Our backstory: At 18 I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which is a chronic, inflammatory bowel disease of the digestive tract. In simple terms, ulcers grew in my colon and as they got too wide and too deep, they would burst causing excessive blood loss from the rectum. I had advanced and aggressive UC, and no amount of medication or treatments could get it into remission. After a 5 year battle, and at age 23, I was told it was urgent for me to have my entire large intestine/colon/rectum removed. I underwent multiple, major surgeries and am now colon free.
Trying to start a familyFast forward to Alex and I trying to start a family. After trying for a long time the fun way with no luck, we knew we needed to seek help. In January 2018, I was diagnosed with infertility. We learned at that time:
- The inflammation from my UC spread into my fallopian tubes
- The scar tissue from my surgeries collapsed around both tubes causing 100% blockage
- I had developed severe Hydrosalpinx due to A and B.