Hi, my name is Caitlin Grenier and I am the Founder and Visionary of Party Like A Diabetic. In 2013 I was diagnosed with latent autoimmune diabetes of adults (LADA) and it turned my world upside down. No one in my family has diabetes of any kind. I like to say that I won the genetic lottery by getting diagnosed with this disease. At the time I knew a little about diabetes, except for Wilfred Brimley’s commercials (still crack up about how he pronounces dia-beetus). Never in a million years did I think that I would make my life’s mission to help people with diabetes live their lives to the fullest but I am so happy that I am. As odd as it is to think about, if I had not gotten diagnosed with diabetes I would not have found my calling and passion. With that being said, I am so happy to be partnering with local restaurants, breweries, bars, and event centers to provide carb counts so that people with diabetes can feel more empowered while dining and drinking out.
A little more about me, the journey started at birth in Anchorage, Alaska, but was quickly shifted at a mere age of one to our sister state of Hawaii. After twelve years in paradise, life took us back to the great North. The back and forth childhood of the two most opposite states of the U.S. has created unique experiences and perspective in my life. With the desire to live in the contiguous United States for once, I made the move to Nashville in the spring of 2015 and I absolutely love it.
College began with my undergraduate degree in pre-vet biology at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Education further progressed to my graduate degree at Alaska Pacific University in Environmental Science with a focus on disease ecology. My most recent focus has been my Health Coaching certificate from Vanderbilt with a specialization in diabetes and healthcare professional coaching. After receiving my National Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate I started Whole Vibrance Health Coaching to further my mission and purpose of helping people reachtheir optimal health.
Let’s talk family. My “big” sister, who I am taller than, lives in Hawaii with her husband and son. My amazing parents still live in Alaska. They have finally decided to kiss the dark winters goodbye and do what we call “ snowbirding” by spending their winters in Hawaii (slightly jealous). Every person suffering from Diabetes needs a rock and I am fortunate to have my family as mine. Each of us needs love, support, and encouragement, and I could not be more thankful for theirs. As they say, I can do whatever I put my mind to and well, they are right!
Thank you for supporting this venture and let’s go Party Like A Diabetic and live life to the fullest!