December 2018, Gala in LA, about 215 lbs

About

YOU HAVE DIABETES, IT DOESN’T HAVE YOU

Courtney DelaCruz | Hilo, HI | 25

I graduated from Kamehameha High School Keaau in 2012. I went on to college and I graduated from the University of Hawaii Hilo with my Bachelor’s in History – Hawaiian & European in 2017. I worked as a teller at a local credit union and now I work as a tour guide with a local tour company in Hilo. I’ve tried my hand at online businesses, first with a custom yarn lei business, then Color Street and Paparazzi Accessories. I like the idea of going into business for myself. However, I have always wanted to help people, especially in Hawaii where so many people need help.

In 2014, we lost my dad. He was diagnosed with a whole slew of ailments, the biggest and least understood by myself and my family was diabetes. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when he was 18 years old. My sisters and I never really knew what diabetes was and what it could do to you. I sometimes wonder if I knew then what I know now, could he still be alive today. I have many regrets about my dad, like never telling him how much I loved him. I don’t want people to go through the same clueless journey that I went through as their loved one deteriorates in front of their eyes.

Also, in 2017, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I am going through the same journey that my dad went through and after seeing what it did to him, I don’t want that to happen to me. If I can help educate people about type 2 diabetes and how to support their loved ones with diabetes, then I will have succeeded in my mission.

Courtney DelaCruz
Part-Time Blogger
Diabetic

Quotes

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

Carol Burnett

If you’re going through hell, keep going.

Winston Churchill

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

Dr. Seuss