A.S. Face 0635: Ashton Stubblefield

My name is Ashton Stubblefield. I was diagnosed with AS when I was 12, but I had my first flare up when I was 3. I have gone through many hardships, as any person suffering with this disease knows, but those struggles have shaped me into the strong person I am today. It was not always so easy, when I was first diagnosed the news was devastating. I think my lowest point was coming home from softball crying because my joints hurt so bad. The support of my family helped a lot, although I did not tell any of my friends because I did not want them to pity me or feel bad for me. I have now finally reached the point where I feel comfortable telling people that I have AS. I think that is because I have decided to accept it as part of me, rather than just a terrible disease.

I am currently a sophomore at The University of Toledo. Having AS as a child made me realize what a lack there is of pediatric Rheumatologist, that is why I have decided to pursue a to become a physicians assistant in the department of pediatric rheumatology. I was blessed with an amazing rheumatolagist by the name of Peter Reuman who devoted an outstanding amount of dedication to my disease. Without him I would not be at the point I am at today. My dream is to one day encourage a young child with AS as much as he encouraged me.

“My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we win out.” -Ronald Reagan

Sincerely, Ashton Stubblefield

Ohio United States of America

6 Responses to “A.S. Face 0635: Ashton Stubblefield”

  1. Dear Ashton,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

  2. Ashton,

    I admire you for choosing to do something about the shortage of pediactric rheumatologist. Your decision based on your childhood experiences speaks volumes s to the type of person you are and those that you help treat will benefit greatly from your compassion because you are affected by this disease. It’s great to see a young person make this commitment, to give back, based on your experiences as a child. Welcome to the site, thank you for sharing your story and good luck with your education. Your at a great institution at the University of Toledo. I know because my son will graduate from there in December.

    Again good luck,

    “627” Jim Williams

  3. Hi Ashton. Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is truly inspirational, & I love your positive attitude. I know living with A.S. has many challenges, but you haven’t let them stop you from pursuing your dreams & goals. I know that with your determined spirit, you will become a physician’s assistant in pediatric rheumatology, & inspire so many children with juvenile arthritis, & other autoimmune diseases. I love to see young women, who use their disease to help others. You are truly an inspiration, & I know you will excel. You should be so proud by the way you have not let A.S. rule your life, but guide you towards a career where you can help others, & show young people that even though they may have A.S., they can be anything in life, they set their mind & goals towards. I have no doubt that you will be an inspiration to many people here, that read your story, & to many children with A.S. in your future. Thank you so much for sharing your incredibly inspiring story with us. Stand tall! -Lisa 🙂

  4. WOW! Talk about turning a negative into a posititve! I hope the mothers of some of the young kids who have been on this site find hope from your story. And that’s what this site is all about isn’t it. I know your story has
    energized me! Thanks for making my day Ashton…I so much appreciate

  5. You go Ashton. We are proud of you! Aim high and work hard.
    Brian, Face #503

  6. Thank you for sharing your positivity. Good luck with your goal, I am sure you will be great at your profession

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