About writer and illustrator, Ana Morales

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



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  1. Lura Foster

    Hello, I am new with you … My name is Lura, most friends and family call me Angel (all my life.). I am 54 years of age. I acquired Type 1 Diabetes in the year of 2009. Pretty crazy. I’ve never been one to do or be normal. I have an Autoimmune thing. I do follow that pretty much to the “T”. I found you or I should say your site was suggested to me. I’m on here always reading about Diabetes. I’ve been in and out of the hospital off and on since I got Diabetes. Before that I was in the hospital for stitches, probably more than most. I was always very curious and hyper. Always on the go. Falling out of trees, slicing my leg open falling while running in the snow …. etc. Anyway I found your site very interesting … I use to write a lot too when I was younger. I need to keep better track of my self (my diabetes)(a journal). I try, but it seems hard for me to get back into it. I also take care of my 75 year old mother and we are both handicapped, but she is in a wheelchair. But, anyway I thought I would introduce myself. I figure I’ll be reading more of your writings. And, thank you so much for sharing. I have a page also, but it is pretty sad. No one else seems to share much. But, Thank you for sharing.

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