02/23/2012 05:29 am ET Updated Apr 24, 2012

'My 600-lb Life' Finale: Ashley Loses 364 Pounds, Finds Softball Again (VIDEO)

Ashley has been struggling with her weight her entire life, and on the season finale of "My 600-lb Life" (Wed., 10 p.m. EST on TLC), she finally started regaining control. Her mother, who is overweight herself, was inexplicably cruel and teased Ashley, even as she appeared to be on hand to support her daughter. It was a dynamic and a relationship that was very difficult to understand, but it was clear that her mother's words hurt Ashley. It may well have helped lead her to the dark place that saw her put on so much weight in the first place.

The episode chronicled her seven-year journey toward a healthier life and body, including multiple skin removal surgeries along the way. But even at over 500 pounds, Ashley started dreaming of getting back to one of her childhood passions. As a girl, she'd played softball, until it became too physically exhausting for her to do so.

Once she'd managed to shed most of those excess pounds, she signed up to coach softball to be close to the sport that had once brought her so much joy. She shared her story with the kids on her team, serving as inspiration that anything is possible and it's never too late to take the reigns of one's life. Her ultimate dream is to own a childcare facility where she can maybe reach out to those struggling kids like she was and provide a helping hand before they find themselves living their own 600 pound lives.

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