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Michaella (Kella) Thornton has lived with type 2 diabetes since 2017, after developing gestational diabetes during a high-risk pregnancy. Kella has worked as a journalist, teacher, and writer, including interning with NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday and the Tucson Weekly, before joining
Diabetes Daily as a staff writer in January 2019. She received dual bachelor's degrees in journalism and anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her masters of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Arizona. She is interested in further investigating how type 2 diabetes impacts indigenous and minority communities, how socioeconomic status affects the likelihood of a type 2 diagnosis, and ways we can better support the health and wellness of anyone affected by the disease. When she is not running after her curious toddler, Kella enjoys reading, walking, and gardening.