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The Game Plan T1D Podcast: Episode 12 - Carling Nolan

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Sam Benger

Published on Oct 21, 2018

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This episode of the Game Plan T1D Podcast features T1D all-star Carling Nolan. Carling is a former LPGA Tour contender. Carling grew up with T1D while competing on the national scale for golf. She would go on to attend the Ohio State University, qualify for the Symetra Tour, and earn her spot on the LPGA Tour after winning the Golf Channel’s reality TV series, The Big Break. Tune in now to hear Carling's unique positivity and inspiring story!

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hey guys Sam here bringing you another

story of diabetic and athletic success

on today's episode I was lucky enough to

be joined by type 1 diabetic and a

former LPGA Tour contender Carly Nolan

Carling attended the Ohio State

University qualified for the Symetra

Tour and earned her spot on the LPGA

after winning the Golf Channel's reality

TV series the big break please enjoy my

conversation with Carly Nolan welcome

back to the game plan to indie podcast

I'm your host Sam bender on this podcast

we explore the lives of athletes living

with t1d to try to uncover what it is

that allows them to excel despite their

diabetes today on the show I am lucky to

be joined by Carly Nolan Carling how are

you today I'm doing good thanks for

having me on Sam yeah no my pleasure so

a common place we like to start is sort

of at the point of your diagnosis story

and I don't actually have a ton of

background knowledge on your diagnosis

story so I'd love for you to kind of set

the picture and talk about when was it

you were diagnosed and sort of what that

experience was like for you sure

absolutely

so I was diagnosed when I was four years

old and that was back in 1990 so I've

had type 1 for 28 years

and so I was pretty young obviously

there's a lot of things that I don't

remember but but I know that it was

something that actually my mom and dad

were concerned about for a little bit

you know I was kind of having those

symptoms of using the bathroom a lot and

being very thirsty and we actually went

in to see our pediatrician a few times

about it and he even though I had like

blood sugars around 200 he wasn't very

concerned about it for some reason I

remember him my mom saying that he said

oh I think it's fine she probably just

ate something weird and and so by the

time I actually was diagnosed I was very

very sick and obviously went to the

hospital and you know think I was quite

in DKA but I got my blood Sugar's on

pretty high so but I think that's a lot

more calm

and 28 years ago where you almost get

misdiagnosed for a little better it's

not the first thing they go to a glad to

see that people get diagnosed a little

easier now nowadays for sure mmm yeah

it's been interesting talking to the yes

just on our podcast and hearing the

different sort of stories as you were

mentioning in terms of how long it

actually took people to be diagnosed and

in some cases it's weeks before they

actually get that t1d diagnosis so it's

interesting sources how that's

transition now hopefully to better you

know faster more accurate diagnosis but

so your diagnosis of for and obviously

grew up with diabetes when was it that

and talk to us about the process of sort

of becoming more independent in terms of

your diabetes treatment I know similarly

I was diagnosed at age five and one of

the earliest memories I have in terms of

diabetes treatment was practicing shots

on an orange for whatever reason and

yeah I knew you're going to say that I

knew you're going to say that oh my gosh

everybody from our generation practice

on in Orange why we ended as a fraction

so much he wasn't too difficult to

actually give yourself an injection but

I wanted to hear yeah and sort of what

that process was like in a no you know

starting out it can be something that

when you're diagnosed that young it's

just all in your parents hands but

obviously establishing some independence

with regard to your treatment and your

management is super important so I

wanted to hear your experience on that

front absolutely I am yeah being very

young of course my mom took the lead on

a lot of things and I mean not saying

that my dad didn't he was more of a

worrier I think so my mom really um

really took really good care of me when

I was very young I did practice on

orange and sweeper to be covered it was

very intimidating for me to start

vividly remember as a kid thinking like

I didn't want to even prick my own

finger and I didn't want to get myself a

shot and I was very nervous about it and

I guess my mom had just done it for me

for so long that it just seemed like

such a big step and I think with kids

with type one they

you kind of I mean I know it means some

people may not be that big of a deal

like have to give yourself a little shot

but for me like I felt like I was like

growing up like I felt like oh no I just

want to stay a kid and I don't want to

have to do this on my own so I remember

my mom and I can't tell you how old I

was I mean I might have been like seven

eight nine I think it's been a few years

and I was still not giving myself shots

and one day my mom was like listen

you're not going to eat lunch until you

give yourself a shot like and she's an

Isis woman in the whole world too but I

just was not taking the plunge and I was

like no no no mom you just do it then

she was like you've done it in an orange

literally two million times like you

needed to do it or you're not going to

be able to eat and that was the first

time that I finally like jammed it in

there and then I was like off to the

races from there so it was kind of a

tough transition for me but I think once

she kind of just sink or swim pushed me

and I was able to kind of start taking a

little bit better care of myself you

know just as a kid like taking a little

bit of the reigns yeah I love it I know

I remember I had this like bright red

lunchbox with all my my diabetic

supplies in there so my glucose meter my

insulin vials my syringes lancets all

that stuff and I remember when I

actually really started being

independent about my care it was like

I'd sort of started my own little

business and I was a you know the CEO of

Sam's diabetes so it was a little pride

feeling that I remember having but it's

an important process to sort of go

through so you know obviously the game

plenty of any podcast were all about

diabetic athletes you know for our

audience that doesn't notice yet you

went on to becoming went on to become a

professional golfer so at what point and

did this sort of coincide with you

becoming more independent in your

diabetes treatment at what point did you

sort of discover your passion for

athletics and specifically specifically

for golf well that had kind of like a

bit of a specific story to is my father

was a wrestler so he was an all-american

wrestler at the University of Arizona

and he was an all-american he won a

couple Olympic Trials

pretty big athlete and I have a couple

older brothers and they were someone's

athletic and I'm being a little

political when I say that because they

really were not at all hope and so my

dad really wanted me to be an athlete

and I think he was even worried because

again there's 30 years ago because he

thought she going to be able to play

sports now that she has type 1 and now

we know that you know it's literally

anything is possible which is wonderful

but he thought well maybe she can be a

golfer and she can be really good at

this and it'll be easy even easier to

manage her diabetes this never works out

from her parents ever when they say I'm

just going to choose this sport for you

but my dad started taking me out to the

golf course and the range and to be

honest he got really lucky because I

really did fall in love with the sport I

really I was really good at it right

away so I think that helps as a kid when

you're a girl and you're just surrounded

by boys out on the golf course and you

beat up on all of them the best feeling

ever and so and I didn't really start

golfing right away not when I was four

or five I really we started golfing when

I was closer to eight or nine years old

and and I really I really enjoyed the

competitiveness of it and being good at

it right away and that's what kind of

Drew me to the sport it's funny you

mentioned golf being sort of easier on a

diabetic I've always found and I love to

golf sort of as a hobby non not

competitively at all but I've always

found that walking even nine holes for

whatever reason just drives my blood

Sugar's super super loud I always have

to make sure that I had come prepared

with glucose tabs and fast-acting

glucose a Gatorade whatever it may be to

sort of prevent that and I've never

experienced anything like that in

football or in training or anything like

that was that something that you

experienced early on oh yeah absolutely

and I think we did kind of figure that

out of for awhile there's a couple of

things that make it tricky is it kind of

more coincides with like a marathon

right we almost just like jogging for

four to five hours you're on a golf

course or four to five hours so it's

just a longer period

time you have to make sure you're in

range in with golf is just it's so

specific that if my blood sugars out of

range that all of a sudden I'm a really

bad golfer so that was another thing

that makes it makes it very tricky so it

turns out it wasn't always the easiest

sport which none of them are that we all

have our different problems but I

remember as a kid like through each

stage of golfing like when I was a kid I

had a way that I managed my diabetes it

was different when I was a teenager and

as a different when I was in college and

it's different when I was professional

but when I was a kid remember it was

very basic the basic was just try not to

go low so I would have my little golf

bag and I would just like fill it with

juice boxes and it was so heavy so it

was probably not even helping me not go

low so my dad and I would go out there

and we'd play golf and then I would just

drink my juice boxes when I needed them

and we didn't really focus too much on

like the highs or the trends or just

drink a juice box in murillo and we just

keep going juice box a day that's all

you need so yeah I think you know a lot

of diabetics and diabetes and general

impacts our bodies so differently for

each person what was one of the

challenges that you identified early on

that was particularly tough for you I

know you mentioned just I wanted to make

sure I didn't go low but was that then

you know going on the higher end was

that an issue for you and what were some

of the early challenges that you faced

with your diabetes yeah absolutely and

it change a little bit as I got more in

competitive I started playing that not

competitively a national scale once I

was in like seventh or eighth grades

about some things started to get a lot

more serious or I'd take make sure that

my blood Sugar's were even more on par

no pun intended but um and you know it

really did vary and the difference you

know it's hard because the golf course

is always different so sometimes it's

hot times it was cold and sometimes it

was hilly and sometimes it wasn't so so

that's when we really started trying to

take a look at more of the trends so we

would keep a log of what time i teed off

and what i ate that day and

was a temperature like and how did it

affect my blood sugar in that way

because sometimes I would get on the

first tee and I'm sure a lot of athletes

get the suit I get that adrenaline rush

so that was always a problem too you get

really excited and I always got a big

adrenaline rush I knew it because I

always hit the ball a lot further in

tournaments than I did in practice so

it's really all that adrenaline and that

really could make my blood sugar go to

high as well so so we really kind of got

more on a schedule and that's when I

started saying with clinic am in a

testiment blood sugar every three to

four holes and then make like an

adjustment if I need to so like

different things like that because you

know as an athlete it could go either

way you had to be prepared to constantly

be making adjustments and bettering

yourself yeah I think that the de-stress

and the adrenaline issue is something we

cover a lot on this podcast I'm always

interested to hear you know our athletes

coping mechanisms to deal with that I

know a guy reference a lot is Chris

Freeman who was our second episode he's

a four-time Olympic cross country skier

and he actually came up with a breathing

routine to try to combat that adrenaline

blood sugar spiking adrenaline rush and

he said he would actually do this

breathing technique and he would

actually see on a CGM his blood sugar

actually plateau and then start to come

down did you have any sort of breathing

or visualization process that you sort

of used to try to combat those nerves or

was it just a matter of being aware of

it and trying to dose properly for that

so that's interesting I think I would

have I would have been interested in

trying something like that when I was a

professional golfer but I was really

just tried to be very self aware of it

and I always had like a plan B in place

so basically if my blood sugar was off

for either reason either you know

adrenaline high or miscalculation and

dosage or maybe if it was a little bit

low I always played it a little bit safe

and I think you have room to do this in

golf because it's such a long round so

if my blood sugar was out of range for

any of those reasons I tried to hit it

you know I didn't hit any

riskier shots so maybe I would lay up on

the par 5 and not go over the water or

maybe I would aim more towards the

middle of the green instead of going for

the pin which was on the edge of the

green and if you're not a golfer I hope

you're getting all these slang things

that I'm saying but I just played more

conservatively and and I don't think

there's any problem with that and I

think some people think like oh if I

didn't have diabetes like I would feel

great all the time and I would be the

best athlete ever which is really not

the case I mean even all these other

athletes and all these other golfers

even if they don't have diabetes they

all have their own issues

you know maybe they slept weird to move

at eat something weird and not feeling

well that day everyone has points in the

round where they need to play

conservatively mine are just more

planned out and I can test for them like

right on my blood sugar machine and then

once I was in range then that's when I

really went for gold that's when I went

for the pins that's when I was more

aggressive with my shots and I knew I

had the best chance to shoot low that

way mm-hmm so it's simply just a matter

of planning and sort of being prepared I

wanted to ask you Carling about the you

mentioned you started playing on the

national scale around 7th or 8th grade

what was that that process like to be

you know playing on a scale like that at

such a young age um it was great I got I

was really really competitive when I was

a kid I think I was like my most

competitive one that was really really

young and I think this is competing you

just don't have any fear you know you

think you're the best of the whole world

so I am basically how that works is you

have like qualifying rounds like so you

would you'd be the best in like your

city and then you'd go like to like a

state tournament and then you do really

well there and then they send you to the

national tournament and then they have

something called the AJ GA the American

Junior Golf Association which is

basically like the LPGA Tour

for kids and it's actually boys and

girls would be like LPGA and PGA is it

the best of the juniors and they have a

circuit so you would and it's based

around school which is hilarious but

so over any holiday break they would

have a tournament so if you want to have

a tournament over Thanksgiving you can a

tournament over Christmas and a

tournament over Easter and you have

tournaments all summer and based on kids

school schedules so every single holiday

as a kid starting in about 7 or 8th

grade we were on the golf course playing

like I remember ordering like the turkey

and mashed potatoes like from the hotel

because it was Thanksgiving but we were

at a tournament like some other state

yeah and was it something where they

actually kept rankings and would rank

players similar similarly to how they do

on the PGA and LPGA yeah they would so

based on like in the beginning you can

only play in a couple of the tournaments

for the whole season and if you did well

in mouths then you could play in more

and then it was like kind of kinda it's

really similar to how they do it on the

PGA in LPGA Tour and I don't think

people really know how that even works

now is but if you get like in the top

three like first second or third place

then you you're exempt for the season so

you play in all of the tournaments so if

you do well there you're exempt for the

whole next season so basically you have

to play good and keep playing good to

keep playing and then if you play bad

they kind of back you off a little bit

so that's how it's it's a little bit it

can be kind of stressful as a kid you

know you don't want to have too many bad

tournaments in a row or start losing

your ranking because it's a little bit

of stress absolutely and it sounds like

you were able to continue to play at a

high level you know going on to become a

professional golfer but did you have and

do you have sort of a memory or a

certain tournament that you look back on

as perhaps one of the more fond memories

from that time I mean I have a lot of

really great memories of playing on the

National circuit and but really my

favorite tournament was in high school

so high school golf is sort of like not

quite as serious because they have this

big like national circuit and everyone

kind of plays high school golf it's just

like practice almost but it's still

really cool cuz you know people have

like the state tournament in golf and

my dad told me that if I won the state

tournament then he would buy me a car so

it was really funny because I was so

excited about it that I went out my

sophomore year and I won the state

tournament and I was only 15 like I

wasn't even all message idea he said um

but I was so pumped up about the

possibility of him buying me a car that

I won by nine strokes and which was like

a record and then the youngest person to

win in Ohio which was which was a record

two so that was really my favorite

tournament I just remember like being

really excited about and I'm sure he

bought me like this little like beater

car too so like it wasn't anything

really exciting but um it was exciting

in my book as a 15 year old

oh absolutely got to capitalize on those

opportunities so you mentioned Ohio you

went on to play college golf at Ohio

State University what was the experience

like of transitioning into college I

know this is a time for diabetics where

I think there's sort of a fork in the

road where a lot of people either choose

to embrace it and really tighten it on

treatment and dial in their treatment

more for some people puts it in the back

burner with you know peer pressure and

do different social opportunities kind

of coming to the forefront diabetes can

kind of get pushed to the side what was

your transition like and what was the

transition into playing golf at the

collegiate level

yeah and I think actually I had a little

bit of a mixture of the two to tell you

the truth when I went to college I I was

still very very into playing my best

golf and I was a really good kid in the

fact that I you know I wasn't into the

partying that much or going out but I

just really wanted to practice and go to

school and my diabetes control was just

okay in the beginning and I had some

higher a onsies in the beginnings you

know it's the first time on your own so

I definitely fell into the trap a little

bit but I really did see that it was

affecting my golf and it was really just

my first year I would say my first year

didn't play as well as I wanted to and I

really kind of came in

that maybe it was affecting my golf and

I know that kind of sounds crazy because

you think this is your life right this

is your year health so that should be

like your number one concern but for me

I was thinking oh this is making me play

bad I really need to get it together so

but I think that's really common as a

kid and I don't think it's too big of an

issue because I think once you mature

and grow up you know those things become

more important to you like health but um

but if you fight you have to find

something that motivates you and I did

so starting more of my sophomore junior

I started to embrace it more and try to

to really take better care of myself and

take it to a whole new level so I could

I could play better golf mmm

yeah I think an important process for

any diabetic is sort of and some of our

guests have smoked this before but

finding your reason for control and

especially as a diabetic athlete I think

for a lot of people that reason can be

your sport and if you don't control your

diabetes that is absolutely going to

impact your performance in your whatever

sport you may may be playing but

obviously Ohio State went well he went

on to become a professional golfer in

2008 I wanted to ask about the

qualification process of sort of heard

there are certain schools you need to

pass through just earn your spot on the

tour talk to us about that time and what

was that process like and did diabetes

sort of prepare you for any of that

adverse to your competition yeah sure um

so right after I graduated from college

I knew I wanted to be a well have to go

back a little bit because I went to

qualifying school when I was a junior in

college and I actually made it through

to be a professional before I finished

college and but before I could play my

first tournament I messed up my wrist

and I needed surgery on it so I busted

my wrist and I needed to take a look a

year off which was really devastating

for me so I got a medical leave for the

tour and then I actually ended up being

a blessing in disguise because it stayed

in school and I got my degree and then

right afterwards I was

able to start playing immediately but

but the qualifying school process and

they say school and I don't even know

why they use that term it's just a

tournament the three-stage tournament so

in the beginning you go to the first

stage of qualifying school and it's just

a normal tournament it's four days and

they say okay there's 700 girls here in

the top 150 get to make it to the next

stage and there could be like a couple

locations right so then you go to stage

two and all those people who made it to

stage two will play against each other

and they'll say okay the top 50 people

from all day will go to the final stage

and then once you go to the final stage

you play against each other and they'll

say okay the top 20 people will get

their card or their ability to play on

the LPGA and then the next 60 people

will get their car to play on the the

mini-tours which would be like the

web.com tour which is the men and the

Symetra Tour which is the women and I

started out on the Symetra Tour and

right after I graduated from college I

just I went on a pump for the first time

it was a really big deal for me and I

never really wanted a pump I was always

nervous about being attached to

something and you know the whole you

know the whole thing ma'am and I think I

was just set in my ways I had diabetes

for like 18 years that I'm like I

already know what I'm doing but people

are telling me that you can be in even

better control if you get in a lot of

pump so I did and I did really liked it

a lot and I was able to I really liked

the EM the idea of using the templates

when I was golfing because I don't even

digging back now and are no idea how I

did it on just that one lantus injection

throughout the day it's craziness

because I'm constantly changing my basal

rates now and so I was on a pump and I

was able to kind of start playing

playing professionally on the Symetra

Tour to start and that was kind of my my

big start in life there's a lot of life

changes all at once certainly and I

think that whole process just must

require a lot of you know self belief

and just a really positive mindset

you feel like that was something you

sort of had from early on and was that

in any way sort of impacted by having to

be mentally tough about your diabetes oh

yeah absolutely my I'm like weirdly

positive and I think I get that from my

family so my dad is like that as well

and I think it kinda it really does come

from the diabetes because there's so

many times in your life especially with

diabetes that things like go wrong I

mean doesn't have to be a grand but

maybe you ate something and your budget

is a little high now or your little low

or things like that so he's always we're

always talking about how like we have to

celebrate the good times too I can't

forget how good you're doing so like

whenever you test your blood sugar and

it's 120 you never think like oh man I'm

so good at this you just think like oh

yeah that's what it's supposed to be but

if it's high you're like oh I stink so

my parents always telling me like oh wow

look how good you do because good you

did so you always have to remember the

good part so I try to do that'll really

in life because I think people don't

focus on good parts of their lives I try

to do then golf so in golf you know

again there's so many bad things that

can happen to hit one ball in the lake

or you hit one ball out of bounds you

get a bogey it's good to remember like

okay now I'm good at this and a good

string of holes I'm going to get back on

track and it's very very important you

almost have to be like I said golf or

you almost have to be a little bit

insane like you almost have to like tell

yourself that everything's fine all the

segments that everything's fine I'm good

at this I can do it and that was kind of

my mentality a lot when I was on the

golf course mm-hmm yeah I think golf is

such a perfect analogy for life as a

diabetic or otherwise just because you

have to be so present and you know you

could have quadruple bogey the last hole

or you know hit a ball into the woods or

into the water hazard but it's just this

next swing that matters and it sounds

like you definitely embrace that

mentality so I wanted to talk about

another cool experience that you were

able to have with winning the Golf

Channel's big break reality TV show in

2010 what was that all about and I've

seen a few episodes of that show but

could you sort of

to some background about what that whole

experience was like yeah the big break

was a really an awesome experience for

me so what that is is it's for people

who played on the mini tours so that's

what I qualified for first in my career

I was on the Symetra Tour so it wasn't

quite on the LPGA yet it's a step below

so they take women from the out Symetra

Tour and you're on this reality TV

program and it's kind of like survivor

for golf so we were in the Caribbean and

have all these golf challenges every

single day and sometimes they're really

like not even super golf related or they

all they all are but some you know you

would hit balls over walls you try to

like break glass windows with golf balls

and like sometimes it would be like play

nine holes and things like that but

whoever did the worst every day would

get kicked off kicked off the islands

like a big dramatic thing and then

whoever made it all the way to the end

without getting kicked off was the

winner of the big break and the big

break was was it's your big break in the

LPGA you got to play on the LPGA and

Ladies European Tour and you've got

sponsors and things like that and it was

an awesome experience it was really

really hard they film an episode every

single one episode per day for two and a

half weeks straight and you would film

from like 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

like it was a whole day process and it

was difficult

diabetes wise because everything was

very secretive like you weren't you

didn't know what the challenge was going

to be and you didn't know what time

you're doing anything it was very I was

really surprised how serious it was like

it was very much like okay wait miss

room and then come out and now you guys

are going to do this challenge where you

run down the fairway and you hit the

shot you run back and I'm over here like

hold on a second I need to like put it

in the 10th day of the race and all the

same time around is Caribbean island

where they was feeding us always weird

food and like I've never had before and

I'm like so really I struggled in the

beginning with my blood Sugar's and I

almost got kicked off a couple times I

even remember this really emotional

scene where I was a butcher was high all

day and I almost got kicked

but I didn't and they made through but

they were interviewing me dan I started

to cry in front of millions of people on

TV I was like I should sorry I'm a point

shooters really bad we crying right now

I'm so embarrassed but I thought well

you know it's really kind of this

reality like we all have days and

especially I think we all know if you

have type 1 that you know if you're off

then you're emotionally physically

everything off but then I started to get

it together and I'm sorry Sam it's like

a really long story but I the details we

like to hear but what I did was I

decided like middle like a little before

middle of the show I I thought we can't

really need to take control of the

situation because right now like I don't

know our schedule it is I don't know it

was doing everyday I don't know what I'm

eating they come all over the place so I

decided like I was going to take control

so I I talked to like the chefs there

there was a TV show chef who was with us

and I said I need you to make me

grilled chicken breasts and wheat toast

and maybe makes me a bunch of it every

single day and that's all I'm going to

eat and then we're like oh well we have

all these fancy bottles all applaud I

was like no this is what I want I need

you to make it for me and so like I ate

that all the only thing I ate like for

the rest of the show from the breakfast

lunch or dinner I ate that because they

least could control that like I knew

what my carbs were and I knew how I can

least get in control that way because

everything else in my life was going to

be kind of messy so it really helped a

lot like I started having kind of better

blood Sugar's I said feeling better we

little less nervous on the show and I

started kicking you know kicking some

butt so it was great so on the show you

know with it being sort of a reality

based TV show did they try to build your

diabetes into you know the whole story

of the show and your character and how

is that sort of incorporated or was it

more just something you were dealing

with in the background I am surprised

that they didn't to tell you the truth

because you know you're right on any

reality TV show you have like everyone

has their their sing and I did talk

about having diabetes but they didn't

really push it too much on the show

about it that much although I think it

would I was open enough to say like oh

my blood Sugar's offer this or that but

my guess is them you know I don't think

people know a lot about type 1 so it's

hard for them to like talk about it or

ask questions or say anything because

they don't they probably don't know

because I think you know we're still

improving the education in this country

about like what it actually is and what

it means so I wish I had the opportunity

to talk about it more on the show but

agency you just kind of caught some

glimpses of it here there hmm that's

interesting yeah obviously you won the

show you got the big break what was that

like with sort of earning your shot at

the LPGA Tour oh it was so exciting

the only weird part was is they they

film it in February and you win it

you're on this tropical island and

nobody knows you're there and I'll tell

anybody you're going to film the big

break again it's very secretive and they

don't start filming the show until I

mean they don't start showing it on TV

until like July you have to go home and

for like five months you just like sit

there like everything normal in your

life you can't tell anybody that you won

this huge thing and so so I went home

and I just played and I said

everything's fine you know blah blah and

and then they start airing the show one

episode of the time for a couple months

and then you can finally have this big

like I want this very exciting thing and

you're like well I really want like six

months ago but still and then I got to

start my first tournament get to play on

the LPGA and in California is very

exciting right it's very nervous you

think people on tour are a little bit

you know getting getting to play on the

LPGA through the big break is a little

different than getting the players

through qualifying school I don't think

the other players quite trusted as much

like it's not as good so you almost feel

like you have to prove yourself a little

bit and so I remember kind of getting

that feeling a little bit when I was out

there but I mean everyone was really

nice but maybe it was all really in my

head too but but I remember I played

really well my first tournament it was

very exciting for me and then you show

you that opportunity came in 2010 and

you won a PGA Tour for how long after

that well I played in a few LPGA

tournaments that year and I played in

the Dubai Masters finale to your pn tour

and then and then from there I played

off and on from the Symetra and the LPGA

tournament so the golf is this big crazy

world that they have these these Monday

qualifiers you can do so if you're

playing on the Symetra Tour you could

also go to an LPGA tournament on Monday

then play against like 50 people and you

can get like the last spot on to the

LPGA so I did that for a little bit too

and serve a year I would play in a few

LPGA tournaments kind of off and on from

the Symetra Tour and I did that all the

way until 2015 another five years Wow

yeah so I was out there yeah that's

amazing and you know what a career and

looking back on you know all those

tournaments and all that hard work you

know is there a certain sort of moment

that sticks out as perhaps being a

moment you were sort of most proud of a

certain tournament win or a you know a

shot here there that sticks out in your

brief I would say it was actually that

first LPGA tournament that I played it

after winning the big break because I

was very nervous and I think even it's

funny because you can pull up some

YouTube videos of me playing in that

tournament and even the announces or

would say things like well no one really

expected her to play very well in like

success because well for a couple of

reasons because it was my very first

LPGA tournament so nobody plays good in

their first tournament but I also

remember that one specifically like it

was a very like diabetes experience as

well because I was so nervous on the

first hole that my blood sugar was so

high and I did not play good for the

first couple holes like I hit in the

trees right off the first one that was

like oh my gosh I'm losing it

and it was you know trying to play

conservatively wasn't exactly working

but then I kind of just tried to like

stay patient and keep playing and then

my blood sugar came down and I kind of

got this like rush of emotion like not

liking to bring your blood sugar up what

kind of way but like oh I think I feel

good I think I'm ready to do this and I

actually made five out of six birdies

and a like i birdied the next five out

of six holes and which is like really

good you're not a golfer and they like

got me back on track and I actually

finished in the top twenty in my very

first tournament I was really excited

about it and it was just kind of like

thought oh this is like such a good

example of like diabetes and golf right

now because I like struggle in the

beginning and then like me this huge

comeback and I was doing really well and

I got the LPGA shot of the month which

is usually one shot but I think they

used my string of five birdies in a row

it's like the big highlight so it was a

pretty exciting exciting moment for me

Wow absolutely yeah what is it what an

inspiration to other folks living out

there with t1d

it's sort of starting to wrap up Carly I

want to pass and this is sort of a

common question we like to ask if you

could send a message to a diabetic

that's struggling right now perhaps they

were just diagnosed or maybe there's

going through a rough patch right now

what would your message be to that

individual and why I think my message

would be is to find a good support

system so it's really really important

for you to know that you're not alone in

this world with type one diabetes and I

think that's what makes people not want

to take care of themselves or get

overwhelmed why the dices disease but

the more you can get involved with your

community and meet other people and talk

to other people it really really is a

big stress reliever I mean even if you

just have a bad day somebody else's

diabetes is going to understand and

they're going to be able to make you

laugh and make you feel better

you

keep you motivated take care of yourself

because I mean I've been living with

diabetes for 28 years and I've had my

ups and downs had great anyone sees I've

had higher a1 sees but I've noticed them

more involved I am in the community the

more people that I talk to about it the

more open I am about it the easier it is

to take care of because you don't want

to do it all on your own

yeah I think that's a hugely important

message and something we like to talk

about with our our guest on the show is

just how how important it is to fully

embrace your support to work in and not

try to shoulder the burden of diabetes

alone because I think in that situation

you're sort of asking for trouble but

Carly thank you so much for sharing your

story with the game plan to you in the

audience it's an amazing story thank you

so much for coming on the podcast oh

thank you so much Sam I really

appreciate it I am Carly Noland I have

type 1 diabetes and I have a game plan

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