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Getting Hitched with Diabetes: The Groom’s Perspective

We often receive Medtronic customer stories through our Facebook “Share Your Story” app and many of them stand out. When we received a brief introduction and picture of Steve and Carolyn on their wedding day, we couldn’t stop talking about how cute we thought it was! We knew we wanted to hear more about their story, so I reached out to Steve (who has had type 1 diabetes since the age of 22) to hear more about how he managed his diabetes with his MiniMed insulin pump on this picture perfect day. Steve and Carolyn are celebrating their one year anniversary on June 23 and now live in Indiana with their puppy named Bailey. Please join us in wishing the happy couple a Happy Anniversary by leaving a comment!

My wedding day was one of the best days of my life. I got married to my best friend and partner in life. We got married on June 23, 2012 in Chesterton, IN near the Indiana Dunes State Park and it was absolutely beautiful! My wedding day, just like most, was filled with many different details that needed to be addressed. From the flavor of the cake to the color of flowers, there are many things to plan out. One detail that is not common to all weddings that we had to plan was potential diabetes mishaps.

My biggest concern was getting low glucose levels while taking our vows. The last thing I wanted was getting light headed in front of 200 people while saying “I do!” I made sure my glucose levels were fine before the wedding and even had a little snack to be on the safe side. I remembered my vows, the only sweat I had was due to being a little nervous and it was warm outside.

Another concern I had was checking my glucose levels regularly that day. It is easy to get wrapped up in the day (and we did). People came from all over the country to see us and I wanted to make sure I got a chance to visit with all my friends and family. Yet at the same time, I needed to keep checking on my glucose levels. It was really pretty easy; I still found time out of habit before and after meals to check my glucose levels. Plus it doesn’t hurt having a loving wife that reminds you.

A smaller concern, at least for me, was clothing and where I kept my pump. I made sure my tux had front pockets. My keys, wallet and cellphone were left in a bag in the limo during the ceremony, but my pump was with me. Since I was wired with a microphone going into my jacket pocket, having a little tubing coming out of my front pocket just fit in naturally. (Sorry, this is probably a bigger concern for brides and dresses, but I am sure you find something that works for you.)

It is always good to be prepared, and we were for our wedding day. The day couldn’t have gone any better than it did. It was picture perfect. We tied the knot and started our adventure as a married couple.

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