Hi! My name is Ana and I’m Sysy’s younger sister. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of three so I don’t remember a life without this disease. I can assure you I have less than perfect control of my diabetes, but I try to believe that every day is a chance to take better care of myself. I grew up going to diabetes camps in the summer, I was a Virginia delegate for the JDRF Children’s Congress in 2001, and I was also a JDRF ambassador in Roanoke, VA for a bit.
I am also an artist and hope to make a career out of it. I got my BFA from James Madison University in 2013 and I’m currently working towards an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I’m also a licensed art educator and hold three part-time art education positions at the moment. Needless to say, life is hectic!
Back in 2010, Sysy suggested that I participate in the first Diabetes Art Day (created by Lee Ann Thill) and at the time I had no idea that it would pretty much change my life. I had never made art about my diabetes before, but I haven’t been able to stop since then and it has become a form of diabetes advocacy. You can see that work and everything else I do on my website: www.moreartplease.com