I was diagnosed with UC at age 12, had multiple surgeries in my teens and 20's--including j-pouch construction and take down, bowel strangulation from adhesions, etc. I married at age 28, wanting children, unsure of my ability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term.
We've not been "trying," but have taken no preventative measures against pregnancy. After 15 months of this approach, we found out we were pregnant. I miscarried at 7 weeks. Though we were heart-broken, we're grateful to discover that conception was possible and that no complications from my surgeries seemed to be a factor.
It's been a year since the miscarriage. Some other health issues were identified, with my iron levels (ferretin) being very low and my platelets being slightly elevated. Right now my focus has shifted toward getting my body back to better health so that hosting another human life might be possible!
We want to have children and see them as a blessing; we've also witnessed the marriages of friends and family suffer catastrophically from the pressure of "unsuccessful" trying. On a positive note, we've witnessed many unexpected pregnancies of others who'd stopped trying after years of invasive fertility treatments. We know there's no guarantee that we'll be able to have a child or children, but seeing the "impossible" gives us hope that God appoints every life!