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About Me: I'm born and raised on the beautiful island of Oahu, HI where I learned to surf and attended Honolulu Community College to earn my AAS degree in Fashion Design. In 2008, I received my Bachelor's of Science degree in Fashion Marketing and Management from [formerly named] California Design College, One of The Art Institutes in Los Angeles. I soon returned home in 2011 and designed for a local swimwear company. Unfortunately, the hourly wage wasn't enough to keep me out of poverty and I moved onto becoming a Personal Stylist at Nordstrom. During that time, I also launched my own line of handmade dog accessories known as Island Doggie. Later that year, a friend I knew from high school invited me to a bbq where I met his roommate, this confident and handsome Chinese guy. After only eight months of dating, we were wedded on the east side of Oahu. On October 23, 2014, I gave birth to the most beautiful and strong little girl, Coral. We enjoyed 15 months of a "normal" life before her diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes on March 11, 2016. That horrid weekend needs a separate post. She inspired me to design clothing, accessories, and home goods to help spread T1d awareness on zazzle.com/t1dlife. I like to take a messed up situation and use it to motivate me to create something inspirational and be a better person.

About My Husband: Weiran's born and raised in rural Shanghai where he and his family basically lived off the land. He has a PhD in Physics from University of Utah and moved to Oahu in 2007. He left his underpaid job as an MRI medical researcher and professor at UH to pursue a new opportunity as the Lead Staff Engineer at one of Apple's biggest competitors. He is currently working on a non-invasive glucometer, artificial intelligence, and autonomous driving. He's the most respectful, loving, supportive and resilient man I've ever known - and a damn good father too! He always makes sure we have the financial stability to afford all of Coral's medical supplies and provides us with the best life possible.

About Coral: I never knew how much strength, courage, and resilience existed in such a little human being until the day I saw her fight for life. She continues to inspire me every day as we constantly battle highs and some lows (blood glucose levels) while taking on jungle gyms, new foods, road trips, and beyond. She loves music, dancing, drawing, rocket ships, My Little Pony, Octonauts, Hello Kitty, Peppa pig, trains, Legos, and carby foods. 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." Terrible Two's are in full effect. Managing her tantrums and diabetes is a 24/7/365 job. It's a good thing she's cute.

New readers, beware: I am real AF - not to be mistaken for having a negative outlook on life. This is our new "normal" T1dLife. Those who don't live it everyday won't get it. Fine by me. Mahalo for reading this far and I hope to inspire, motivate, and educate those who are willing to learn. Click the subscribe button to follow our journey.

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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.



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 …