My name is Ana Morales. I am Sysy’s younger sister—younger by about eight years. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at only three and a half years old so I don’t remember a life without this disease. My parents tell me I was easy to take care of and didn’t fuss much about getting finger pricks and shots. As I grew older and eventually assumed all these responsibilities, things got a little more difficult. For a long while I maintained good control with a few exceptions. I went to the hospital for the first time since being diagnosed when I was a freshman in high school. I experienced syringes, an insulin pump, and insulin pens, which I use now.
Now I’m a junior at James Madison University and glad to have the opportunity to share my experiences and advice as a diabetic student living on campus away from home. As a twenty-year-old with several interests including all types of art, music, literature, dance, and more, I provide a different perspective on life with diabetes and how we can make it seem a little less threatening in our everyday lives.