Although the winner of the Miss Idaho 2014 pageant isn’t the first pageant winner to have diabetes, she is the one of the first to put it on display during the pageant.
Sierra Sanderson is a beautiful 20-year-old diabetic who recently won the Miss Idaho 2014 pageant on July 12. The newly crowned winner posted a picture of herself wearing an insulin pump on her bikini on Instagram, showing the world that she is truly proud of who she is.
Her inspiring move has allowed other diabetics to showcase their insulin pumps on social networking sites. The hashtag #showmeyourpump has allowed huge amounts of people to proudly display their insulin pumps and inspire fellow diabetics.
“There it is,” Sanderson wrote on Instagram along with photo. “I would never have dreamt of posting a swimsuit picture on social media, but diabetics from all over the country have been asking to see me and my insulin pump on the #MissIdaho2014 stage.”
“Honestly, it is terrifying walking out on stage in a swimsuit, let alone attached to a medical device,” she admitted.
“Don’t let your challenge hold you back or slow you down. Use it to, not only empower yourself and grow as an individual, but to serve and influence other people as well,” she added.
Although Sanderson was devastated when she first found out she had Type-1 diabetes two years ago, she has since come to embrace it as a part of her. She mentioned that after learning Miss America 1999 also wore an insulin pump, her outlook on her situation changed dramatically.
“Miss America 1999 has an insulin pump, and it doesn’t make her any less beautiful … So, a year after I was diagnosed, I got a pump. It helped me get even better control of my diabetes, and made my life SO much easier,” she wrote.
In turn, Sanderson’s wearing of her insulin pump has changed many other people’s outlook on their diabetes. Both adults and children have been inspired by Sanderson’s photo, giving more hope to people with the disease.
Check out other people’s insulin pump pictures on Twitter.