Dr. Elizabeth Auger is proud to announce that Ashley Green has been awarded the Elizabeth Auger Annual Scholarship for Students with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes for the Fall 2019 Semester. This scholarship, worth $1,000, is awarded to students throughout the country who have worked to overcome their diabetes and have achieved excellence in and out of the classroom.
Ashley was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 7 years old. Before she was diagnosed, she enjoyed being around horses and always wanted to do something with them. She loves the bonds that are created between horses and people. They are reflections of who works with them and how they work with them.
This love hasn’t diminished since her diagnosis. She enjoys training and working with horses because of the satisfaction of being able to ask a horse to do something and they respond correctly.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to create a bond with a young horse and have them trust you enough to do something that you ask of them that they aren’t particularly comfortable with,” Ashley says.
Now, Ashley is attending Colorado State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science. Once she graduates, she plans to be back home in Idaho with a ranch to raise and train horses. Ashley is currently a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She works at the Colorado State University Equine Reproduction Lab with stallions. In addition, she will also be a part of the Legends of Ranching program, where she will be training a colt for two semesters and then will sell it at the Legends of Ranching sale in April 2020. Outside of school, Ashley enjoys barrel racing and practicing tying goats.
Ashley believes her greatest strengths are that she is very determined in everything that she sets her mind to and that she’s a hard worker. She believes that these two traits go hand-in-hand because she works hard to accomplish her goals, and she won’t give up until she’s succeeded or reached her own satisfaction in what she’s working toward.
While Ashley’s pursuing her dream at Colorado State, she still struggles with her diabetes. Her biggest challenge is always having to worry about what her blood sugar will do while she’s at work, at school, riding horses, etc. She always needs to make sure she has juice or snacks on hand in case her blood sugar dips too low. But this can be difficult, especially when she’s riding.
If she were to give advice to young people who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes, it would be this:
“Check your blood sugar more often than you think is necessary, and count your carbs correctly. It will save you a lot of problems with high/low blood sugars, and it’s a skill that you will need for the rest of your life.”
Ashley believes this would be easier if restaurants readily listed the number of carbs of each item on their menu. This simple change could be a huge societal step forward for those with diabetes.
Join all of us at SLC Podiatrist in congratulating Ashley on her scholarship award!