Ashton's Second Act
On March 21, 2012, the first life of 23-year-old Toronto actor Ashton Doudelet ended and his second one began. Unbeknownst to him or his family, Ashton was afflicted with a rare condition called arteriovenous malformation (AVM), which caused him to have a major stroke. In her intimate and moving Star Dispatches ebook, Ashton’s Second Act: How, Post-Stroke, an Actor Learned to Play Himself Again, Star reporter Jane Gerster recounts how Ashton, who had a big personality and a big appetite for life, came back as a diminished man facing many challenges. The stroke yielded a new person, to the point where Ashton’s parents, brother and friends celebrate his “rebirthday” every March 21.
Jane Gerster has been a reporter with the Toronto Star since June 2013. For most of that time, she has worked in the city section, covering breaking news and writing about health. Originally from Toronto, Gerster is a former Toronto Star High School Newspaper Award winner in the sports category and a graduate of Carleton University’s undergraduate journalism and Spanish programs. She has worked for Global National in both Toronto and Ottawa, The Canadian Press in both Ottawa and Halifax, and at The Globe and Mail and the National Post. This is Gerster’s first Star Dispatches ebook.