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Miss Idaho Wows With Insulin Pump

Sierra Sandison, the new Miss Idaho, is shown wearing her insulin pump at Saturday's swimsuit competition at Nampa on Saturday. She has become an online hero to diabetic sufferers by wearing an insulin pump on her bikini bottom during a swimsuit competition. She will compete in the Miss America Pageant Sept. 9-14 in Atlantic City. (Photo: Miss Idaho blog page)

There she is, Miss Idaho. And there it is, the insulin pump attached to her bikini bottom during the swimsuit competition. Since posting the photo on social media on Monday, Sierra Sandison has become a new hero to the Type 1 diabetes community. One mother , "You changed my 11-year-old daughter's summer! She's been so self-conscious, but since she read about you and saw this photo, she cannot wait to wear a bathing suit tomorrow and show off her insulin [pump] and have me post a photo here!" And that woman is not alone. As of Thursday afternoon, the photo has received more than 4,000 "likes" and over 2,500 "shares" on . Twitter users are responding to the she created, #showmeyourpump, with their own pump photos/Miriam E. Tucker, NPR. More, including photo with insulin pump on swimsuit, here.

Question: Dunno about you, but I appreciate the courage this young woman had in wearing the insulin pump. I may have to tune into the Miss America Pageant for the first time in years to watch her compete. How about you?

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