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Aloha Kakou

Aloha Kakou!


"Welcome everyone" (in Hawaiian) to my blog where you'll find useful information on managing Type 1 diabetes in a fun, honest, and practical way. Life is already complicated as it is and having T1d or a toddler with T1d makes it 10 times more challenging. I'm a realist due to all the hardships I've dealt with in the past and that definitely sets the tone for this blog. However, you will also see other cheerful influences from my Hawaii upbringing and passion for design and surfing in some of the content featured. Read more About Us.


Photo: Jeanne Marie Photography    |    Wardrobe: Mana'ola Hawaii

We are a family of three currently residing in Los Angeles, CA as of August 2016. It was a big and reluctant move from Oahu, but you gotta go where the money's at to survive. Jobs in Hawaii don't pay enough to compensate for the cost of living. Diabetic supplies are a recurring expense and T1d's are insulin-dependent for life - no known cure available because big pharma's suck. After you get hit with the D-bomb, any other challenge seems rather minuscule, but a nuisance for sure. For us, that horrid day was Friday, March 11, 2016 and life has never been the same. Read more about Coral's diagnosis here.

Those who also wish to manage their T1d proactively and become self-reliant will find this blog most beneficial. If you are considering lower carb options or foods high in protein, you will find those items listed on the pages above. Coral is a very picky eater so we try to manage her diet as much as possible and always offer healthier snack alternatives. She wears a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and an Animas OneTouch Ping insulin pump. Her most recent a1c was 6.2, which is considered "pre-diabetic." We constantly strive to learn, adapt, and stay strong because we have no other choice.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- Bruce Lee 

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Disclaimer: Many of my followers on Instagram often ask me all sorts of medical questions, but I am not a doctor nor will I suggest you do what we do (don't literally follow us). If you feel you're having a medical emergency, always dial 911 and speak with your endocrinologist and/or PCP.

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