The media often tells us this lie: if your appearance deviates in any way from cover girls, movie stars, super models, etc., it is a flaw and something is wrong with you.
Well, guess what? Miss America 1999 has an insulin pump, and it doesn’t make her any less beautiful. In fact, in my mind, it enhances her beauty! 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. Working up the confidence to compete with it was an entirely different journey, but this summer at Miss Idaho 2014, I finally did it.
Ok. So it is time to go to your school dance. You are so excited, that really cute boy you like is going to be there.Your hair is perfect, your makeup is flawless and your dress is beautiful. Now, just before you go, one more thing………would you mind putting this small black box around your waist, and just insert this little tube into your stomach?
Insulin pumps are small computerized devices that help deliver much needed insulin to people suffering from Type 1 Diabetes. If you wear a pump then you need to wear it all the time to stay healthy and strong. So, on top of the overwhelming emotions you may feel at having to manage such a condition, you also have to deal with the simple vanity of this new, unwanted accessory. How would you cope? This is a question that faces many young girls throughout the world.
Well, one young woman has bravely stood up and with confidence, shown the world just how to do it. In this day and age, when beauty is often still judged by such strict superficial standards that the least deviation from that norm can cause a huge stir, Sierra Sandison displayed the true notion of beauty when she proudly walked the stage at the Miss Idaho Beauty pageant wearing her insulin pump for all the world to see.
I can’t imagine that this was an easy decision for Ms. Sandison to make. I remember as a young girl cancelling plans when I unexpectedly woke with a pimple. So what a great reminder this gesture is that beauty comes, not from some unattainable perfection, but from confidence, grace and the courage to share the real you with others.