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Now considered the new 'hero' of the Type 1 diabetes community, Sierra Sandison, also known as Miss Idaho, has been propelled into fame because of her choice to wear her insulin pump alongside her bikini in a swimsuit competition. Now, Miss Idaho is spreading confidence like a wildfire through social media.
According to NPR, Type 1 diabetes is typically controlled with regulated insulin shots or, as shown by Miss Idaho, an insulin pump.
image via Facebook from Sierra Sandison
"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," she wrote.
It is a personal choice to use one, but since posting the photo of the pump attached to the side of her bikini on Facebook, Sandison has received thousands of positive replies thanking her for showing confidence.
The picture has recieved almost 6,000 'likes' and has been shared over 3,000 times, reports The Toronto Sun. Wearing medical devices with confidence is becoming more and more common in society as time passes, and many are expressing interest in coming together in confidence.