I was diagnosed Type 1 almost 4 years ago and have been on a mission since to destroy all stereotypes surrounding diabetics. I am trying to inspire others to start their fitness journey and take back control of their new lives with diabetes. My long term goal is to write a free e-book for diabetics like myself who want to get into fitness/weight lifting as currently there is very little info out there. I am determined to show as many people as possible that a huge part of controlling this condition perfectly is through fitness. Anything in life is achievable through the power of the mind. If you think it, if you believe it…you can achieve it. Having this condition will not shape me, I will shape myself. We are in control!

Instagram handle: ashleyp_30 (would massively appreciate it if you could tag me!)

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
“Ok so if you have a hypo I should inject you with your insulin right?” PLEASE GOD NO. I sat them down and educated them about the difference between being HYPOglycaemic and HYPERglycaemic and now they know how to treat correctly!

How do you inspire others?
This is my mission! To constantly inspire others to better their lives with diabetes by taking the leap into fitness. Without my active lifestyle I would find it so much harder to hold perfect control. If I can show just a handful of other diabetics how much easier it makes it whilst having a great time then my mission is complete. Training in the gym will be something I do until the day arrives where I physically cannot.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
As much as I don’t like to think it has changed me as a person I’m sure if anything it has made me stronger than I already was. Determined to prove that us diabetics can be just the same if not stronger than the average joe.

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular ducks. I would use mind powers to make them believe I was their leader. Then I could use them as minions and finally take over the world!

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