In 2016 Ali suffered 4th degree burns to her feet. They were burned through to the bone, roasting the muscle and ligament requiring six months of weekly skin scrapings, skin grafts, and even experimental stem cell treatments. This trauma activated a rare condition in both feet called Charcot foot. Charcot is a condition causing the bones in the feet to randomly break. The first time Ali walked after suffering her burns she broke both of her feet in half. No one knows what activates Charcot episodes. Eventually, the feet deteriorate requiring amputation. She was told she would most likely not walk farther than her bedroom to bathroom again and would depend on a wheelchair for mobility. After two years of hard work, Ali hiked eight miles to the top of a mountain in Sequoia. Ali realizes her condition is currently dormant and any day her feet could begin to crumble again. Now she takes no step for granted. She hopes to inspire those facing chronic illness, diabetes complications, and daily adversity to embrace their challenges, face their fears, and live to their fullest potential!
"The greatest risk any of us will take is to be seen as we truly are."