Diabetic beauty pageant contestant wears insulin pump proudly, inspires everyone to not be ashamed

24 July 2014 / 2 years 3 months ago

It was a devastating blow to her when she was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes two years ago in February 2012.

However, Sierra Sandison or Miss Idaho, now inspires diabetic patients all around the world to not be ashamed of their condition.

It all started when the beauty pageant contestant decided to walk onstage on Saturday (Jul 19) at Miss Idaho Scholarship Program pageant showing off her insulin pump.

She described her experience in her blog:

"As I nervously walked out of the dressing room the first night of competition, the first person I saw said, “What’s that? Is that an insulin pump?”.

"My stomach flipped upside down. “I shouldn’t have worn this,” I thought, “everyone is going to be confused and wonder what I am wearing."

Twitter launched into a medley of support for her, and felt inspired themselves. Many Type 1 Diabetic patients showed off their insulin pumps under the hashtag #showmeyourpump.

Sierra shared: "When I first started competing, I was using injections rather than a pump.

"I didn’t want people to see a weird-tubey-machine-thing attached to me all the time, and could not wrap my head around having a medical device on my body for the rest of my life."

Hundreds of people were self-consious like her, but ever since seeing her pageant, they were inspired to wear their insulin pumps with pride.

Photos: Sierra Sandison's blog, Twitter

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