With the warm weather in full swing down in the lone star state, the only way to stay cool is to be near the water! Summer is one of my favorite seasons because I absolutely love swimming, laying by the pool and buying super cute bathing suits. This will be my second season flaunting my insulin pump and to be honest- I’ve had to alter my lifestyle a bit and totally embrace my body the way it is. Before getting the Omnipod, my biggest fear was how others would portray me now that my diabetes would be “visible” but in the end those fears quickly faded away. The only thing that matters is that you are happy, healthy and confident in your own skin! For most, getting in a bathing suit is already hard enough-trust me, I understand! So adding something new that makes you different from the rest can definitely be scary. For me, I like to express my confidence through fashion because if I look beautiful, then I feel beautiful as well. Fashion also allows me to express different aspects of my life that I like to tap into. There are no rules (unless your outfit is fugly)…but seriously anything goes! My pump has not prevented me from buying backless bodysuits or crop tops. Yes, I occasionally get a few weird looks but if you stare at them long enough the creeps will eventually go away, I promise. I once had a man ask me how long I had been wearing my nicotine patch for. All jokes aside, last summer really helped me figure out what works for me and what doesn’t in regards to my pump. I thought I would share some different tips and tricks to rock your insulin pump in your favorite two-piece.
1.) Show off your pump!
Like I said, I had a hard time with this at first. Once I got over the fact that most people weren’t actually staring at my pump, the easier it was for me to own it. I normally place my pod on my lower back or even right above my booty/hip area. That way, you have the option for it to be visible or a little more discrete.
2.) Don’t show off your pump.
Do what makes YOU feel comfortable! If you are not ready for that little sucker to be seen, you can hide it! The Diabetic community will not hate you, I promise. Try on your bathing suit bottoms first and then place your pod underneath the fabric. I know that this can be hard sometimes since bathing suits have so many different fits- low rise, high rise, and thongs (if you’re into that). But really, it might take you a few times to get it right but you’ll be happy in the end.
3.) Don’t forget to bring your supplies!
The last thing you want to do on a sunny day is to forget your damn insulin. I just purchased this new diabetic supply case last week and it is seriously AMAZING! Not only is it super cute and discrete but it holds everything I need. It also has space to store your ID and credit card. The company is called Myabetic and they also sell some of their products in Target. Make sure you check them out! https://www.myabetic.com/