Our daughter was diagnosed on July 1, 2014. Shortly after her diagnosis Sierra Sandison started her #showmeyourpump campaign when she walked onto the stage in a bikini wearing her insulin pump. She instantly became our family t1d hero! We moved to Idaho in August 2015 and shortly after we were able to meet Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison and her little sister Miss Twin Falls
She says on Instagram:
"There it is. 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. My message to everyone, diabetic or not, is that we all have something that doesn't "measure up" to the beauty standards set by the media--and that is okay! It does not make you any less beautiful. We also all have obstacles, challenges, and trials. Diabetes turned my life upside down when I was first diagnosed. 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. With that said, I have faced my fear of proudly showing my insulin pump! Now I want to see YOURS! Post your photo on social media (insta, twitter, facebook--make sure it is shared publically so I can see it) with the hashtag #showmeyourpump! The nationwide support from my fellow diabetics this weekend has been AMAZING! I can't wait to see more you guys! This is not limited to just girls, or to people with pumps--I want to see YOU and whatever your daily battle with diabetes looks like. Follow me during my year: @missidorg All my love, Sierra Sandison Miss Idaho 2014"
Sierra Anne Sandison on the 2015 Miss America Pageant
Miss Idaho Sierra Anne Sandison discusses dealing with Type 1 Diabetes on the Lifestyle Magazine