Hiiiiii! I’m Mary Ashby.. double name = double the fun! Anyway, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 7th grade; I was 12. I went into DKA and was told while in the hospital about my diagnosis. It completely flipped my world upside down; I had no idea how much T1 would affect my daily life. Although I continued to be active with cheerleading, volleyball and soccer after my diagnosis the way I went about my day and the times before and after my sports were dealt with very differently than before. I have overcome more than I ever expected of myself and this fall I will be starting a new chapter of life in college! I’ll be attending the University of Georgia and I am a biology major. Ever since my diagnosis, medicine has seemed to be a great interest of mine and I cannot wait to learn as much as possible in my years in Athens, and then hopefully in medical school! Diabetes, at first was a disease I could not stand and had difficulty dealing with, but throughout my years of having it I have been able to live with diabetes instead of it controlling my life.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
People always ask if I can eat certain things; like I’m allergic to certain foods or something and will DIE if I eat them. I always say “if I count my carbs and take the proper amount of insulin to cover the carbs, then I can eat pretty much anything. In moderation, of course.”
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular sized ducks. take them down 1 by 1.