Last week when Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison proudly wore her insulin pump on her bikini in the 2014 Miss Idaho Competition, she not only inspired those with diabetes, but she inspired me. There are many medical conditions where the treatment is not always so easy to hide — whether it be an insulin pump, a colostomy bag, or compression stockings.
When I was first diagnosed with lymphedema and the swelling was only in my right leg, I was much more nonchalant about wearing my stocking with shorts or a skirt. But once the swelling was in both legs and I was a full-fledged, super self-conscious high school student, I wasn’t so willing to advertise my stockings.
Ever since then the only time I ever wear my stockings is under pants. Full-length, fully opaque pants. It wasn’t until recently that I have even felt comfortable putting on/taking off my stockings around others. I always get the funniest questions about the gloves I use to put them on (gardening gloves) — have to laugh about those!
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Shortly after reading about Miss Idaho and her insulin pump I stumbled across a couple of blogs about some ladies (also in their 20’s) with lymphedema. They posted the following pictures that I found so inspirational I just had to share (I hope you don’t mind, Lauren and Alexa!):
The first is the blog Lauren: That’s Swell and her Twitter page Lymphoedema Fashion.
The second is Alexa’s blog, The Lymphie Life.
When I saw these photos, I have to admit my jaw dropped. YOU GO GIRLS!!! They’re both so proudly wearing their bandages/stocking, even in shorts and a dress. Couldn’t believe it! To Lauren and Alexa — you have no idea how inspiring this is to see!!
As my I build my self-confidence and pride in my story, I hope to one day be as brave as Sierra, Lauren and Alexa.
Tell me how you wear your lymphedema proudly!