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Tying the Knot with Diabetes

For most men and women, their wedding day is one they’ll never forget. It takes a tremendous amount of planning to make this day special, and maybe even a little more so for those with diabetes. Today, we share with you a special guest post from professional golfer, pumper and MiniMed Ambassador, Carling Coffing. Carling recently married the man of her dreams. Check out her story of falling in love and hear how she managed her diabetes while enjoying a big wedding celebration full of dancing, cake, cookies, and of course…”I do’s!” What tips do you have to manage diabetes on your wedding day?

Hello pumpers! Carling Coffing here, professional golfer and fellow type 1 diabetic! It’s been a crazy couple years… After winning the Golf Channel’s TV series “Big Break,” I’ve been traveling the world playing golf (with my Medtronic insulin pump by my side!) and I was lucky enough to find the man of my dreams!

After skipping a tournament because of a minor injury, I was out at a Cincinnati street festival and a tall handsome stranger asked me if I needed directions. Although we had just met, I instantly fell in love with John. We went on our first date the next week and were engaged to be married 10 months later!

I was absolutely sure he was the man for me the first time…he changed my pump cartridge for me 😉 As a diabetic, I know firsthand that it’s important to surround yourself with people who will support you through highs and lows (literally). Right away John started eating diabetic friendly foods with me, asking how my blood sugar felt, and even dubbed himself an “honorary diabetic.” He was understanding when I was cranky with highs, or shaky with lows. I’m even proud to say that since finding John, my A1c has dropped a whole point!! The point I’m getting at is if you’re a diabetic like me, do not settle for anything less. This is a family disease and there are people out there who will gladly become “honorary diabetics” just so they can love you forever.

I’m happy to say that John and I got married January 26, 2013. Planning the wedding was amazing and I even added in a few diabetic touches to the wedding. I bought a beautiful long gown made of satin, and it even had cute pockets! I had my tailor sew a special hole in the pocket so I could run my pump tubing through it and have my pump handy in my pocket all night.

Some might say they wouldn’t want to wear their continuous glucose monitoring sensor on their wedding day, but I think it saved the night. I wore mine and with all my emotional highs and lows I was able to keep my blood sugar in range, enjoy the night, and even splurge on some cake after a little dancing! Okay…a lot of dancing!!

We had a traditional Pittsburgh cookie table at our reception, where our guests baked thousands (really!) of cookies. It was so beautiful and some guests were even nice enough to include sugar free selections for us diabetic kids 😉

John and I couldn’t have been happier about the night, and we can’t wait to start our lives together! We will be hitting the LPGA Symetra tour with enthusiasm, love, and of course my Medtronic Insulin Pump!

Connect with MiniMed Ambassador, Carling, to discuss her real experiences and get a better understanding of what life is like on an insulin pump and CGM.


– Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems.
– Successful operation of the insulin infusion pumps and/or continuous glucose monitoring systems requires adequate vision and hearing to recognize alerts and alarms.

Medtronic Diabetes Insulin Infusion Pumps

– Insulin pump therapy is not recommended for individuals who are unable or unwilling to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day.
– Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.

Medtronic Diabetes Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Systems

– The information provided by CGM systems is intended to supplement, not replace, blood glucose information obtained using a home glucose meter. A confirmatory fingerstick is required prior to treatment.
– Insertion of a glucose sensor may cause bleeding or irritation at the insertion site. Consult a physician immediately if you experience significant pain or if you suspect that the site is infected.

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