“Diabetes Won’t Slow Her Down”

Staff Writer: Taylor Elliott

Ashley Stephens is one of our very own Wolverines. She is a senior in all honors or AP classes, definitely one of the top students at Woodstock. She does all this, while suffering with type one diabetes. She has suffered with diabetes for almost thirteen years. Type one diabetes can be hereditary, but in Ashley’s case hers isn’t. She is the only one in her family that has diabetes. Ashley has to check her blood sugar 5 to 6 times a day, and she has to give herself shots of insulin to correct her blood sugar levels.

Taylor: How hard has it been dealing with diabetes, how much of an impact does it have on your life?

 

Ashley: Having diabetes has completely changed my life, but I have had it basically my whole life so I don’t really know anything other than living with diabetes.

T: Does it affect your school work, or extra-curricular activities, what motivates you to work so hard to be at the top of your class?

A: Yes, it affects me from coming to school sometimes which puts me behind. I want to be an endocrinologist (diabetic doctor), so I know I have to work hard.

T: Where do you plan to go to college, and what do you plan to study?

A: I plan to go to the University of North Georgia and major in Chem/ Pre-Med.

Ashley used to play softball for Woodstock, and the travel team called Cherokee Pride. She was a pitcher. She played softball for eight years.

T: Did diabetes affect your abilities on the field, did you feel like an outcast to the team?

A: Yes, I would have to be pulled out of practices/ games because my blood sugar would drop too low, and I would end up affecting the team.

We asked one of her former teammates a couple questions about Ashley…

Taylor: Did you ever notice Ashley having problems with her diabetes during practices or games?

Lexi: Sometimes I would notice Ashley’s mood drop a little, and that’s when you know she needs to check her blood sugar. If her sugar was too low, she would have to sit out for a little bit, and drink a juice or eat something until her blood sugar came back up.

T: Did Ashley’s diabetes make her distant from the team?

L: No not at all! We all love her so much. She always kept our spirit up, and we always made sure she was okay. Being on the same team means you build a bond, nothing can break that, whether someone has diabetes or not, they are family and nothing can break that.

T: Why did you stop playing softball, what do you miss most about not playing?

A: I was always hurt and ended up tearing a rotator cuff and having surgery. I miss playing so much. I would have to say I miss the people the most. I made so many friendships, and built so much character playing softball.

 For Ashley’s Senior Project she is doing a lifestyle change. She is going to work on her working out, eating better, etc., to see if it will help her diabetes. Hopefully we can get back in touch with her after senior project and see how well her idea worked.

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Ashley Stephens and her mother after one of her doctor appointments.

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Ashley Stephens throwing in strike 3 during a Woodstock game against Lassiter in 2014.

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