Ok, The Miss America Competition is over and Sierra Sandison did not win…….or did she? I guess the first question one needs to ask is; “What is your definition of win?” At the end of the night, did she wear the crown? If that is your definition: no she did not win.
I have a different definition of win and in my book and if you ask me (and many others), this young lady is about as big a winner as one would ever find. It’s my understanding that she was very hesitant to speak broadly of her diabetes back when this all started. It is easy to do nothing, say nothing. It is hard to take a stand. After consulting with many, including our community’s very own Miss America, Nicole Johnson, Sierra rethought her platform and decided to come out fully discussing her diabetes. Even as far as wearing the pump, VERY VISIBLY, during the swim suit competition.
It is my hope that this new attitude helps her. I hope it translates to her taking the best care possible; this is my hope. What I KNOW is that by her actions she has helped countless people out there (probably mostly kids) to say, “Hey, if she is okay, I am okay.” And THAT is a winner.
Helping others is always a winner.
Now we can stay idle here and not say anything…..but it is my hope that we all take the time—in fact, let’s over-fill Sierra’s email box with congratulatory letters thanking her for her efforts.
Here is her email for Miss Idaho, which she will remain for this year:
Take the time to drop her a quick note and congratulate her on giving more attention to T1 diabetes than we have seen in some time. She did not have to do that, but she did. And on any day of the week, that is a winner in my book. Let her know.
I am a diabetes dad.
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