Mom-to-Mom Report: Type 1 Diabetes
WEST CARROLLTON — Sierra Sandison made international headlines last summer when she wore an insulin pump conspicuously attached to her bikini bottom during the swimsuit competition at the Miss Idaho pageant.
Sandison is a diabetic and since then she has been speaking out and raising awareness about Diabetes and teaching kids to love themselves, even if they are little bit different.
Secon-grader Matthew Warren is the Youth Ambassador for the JDRF Southwest Ohio. His is classmates at Harold Schnell Elementary have been raising money in hopes of find a cure.
Since he was three, Matthew has been wearing an insulin pump, which helps regulate his blood sugar. Matthew says, Its easier than having a shot.
Sierra says like many kids, she was at first self-conscious about wearing an insulin pump, but then she states, I heard about Miss America Nicole Johnson 1999 who wore pump as well and I thought it was so cool and it inspired me not only to love my pump but to love everything else about myself that makes me different.
Sierra proudly wore her insulin pump during the bathing suit portion of the Miss Idaho Pageant last year and she won the overall competition. Reaction was swift and positive, with dozens of diabetes patients tweeting out photos of their own.
Parents say a lot of these diabetic kids don’t feel normal because they have to wear this pump. That’s why Sierra’s message of being confident in who you are and to embrace the qualities that make us all different strikes a chord with parents.
Sixth-grader Ally First says she found Sierras talk inspiring and says she has not let Diabetes stop her from cheering, playing volleyball or doing gymnastics. Ally says, I am more use to it and I know it makes me special.