Stacy Scolastico

Amherst, Massachusetts, United States

Stacy Scolastico

Amherst, Massachusetts, United States

There are certain people in life that make you a better person. My sister has made me realize that you need to look at the good in life. You need to realize that challenges will occur, but you can make the best of it and push through it.

Ashley has had problems ever since she was born. She was actually born deaf. Luckily, at the age of 2, the doctors put tubes in her ears, and she gained her hearing back. This set her learning development back about a year. She has struggled with this ever since. She now has dyslexia and ADD which causes her to struggle with learning and also her thought process.

My sister is also an all-star softball pitcher. She has been playing since a young age. It is one of the only sports she's played where she can control the pace of the game. This allows her brain to breakdown the game so she doesn't get overwhelmed. Because she has struggled at so many other elements of life, this has increased her self-confidence.

Even though softball has come easier to her than most things in life, her body still struggled. When she was a few days old, she could barely breathe through her nose which caused her to suck her chest in. This birth defect is known as Pectus Excavatum. This has caused breathing issues throughout her career. It has yet to stop her. Over the summer she was sick and the temperature was about 95 degrees. She pitched her heart out and had the game of her life.

This past July, she was informed by the doctors that her lung capacity had dropped to 67%. Her sternum was pushed back which was causing her heart to be squished and split into two. Because her lung capacity had dropped so much since her last tests, the doctors were becoming concerned. She was set for August to have major surgery done.

She has currently made a junior Olympic softball team for the upcoming year. This girl is so determined to get back out on the softball field and show everyone that this has not set her back, but has made her better than before.

As much as we fight, my sister means everything to me. She has taught me that no matter what cards you are dealt in life, you make the best of them. She has dealt with so many challenges, but these have only made her a better person. She still has so much to accomplish in life and I can't wait to see what she overcomes. I am so proud to call her my sister and so happy to have learned so much from her. I love you Ash!

  • Work
    • Student
  • Education
    • University of Massachusetts, Amherst