@MissAmerica aired couple nights ago and marked one year since our #PumpPocket concept was born. When I saw our own Miss Idaho, Sierra Sandison, proudly displaying her pump on stage I knew our pockets could do way more than our original vision, but I didn't know how it would change my heart. TSlim and DexCom reps had told us we really had something. We studied pumps and tested prototypes. But then we met Kycie.
Maybe it's the fact that my little blonde curly headed girl is my last baby after 4 boys (kycie has 5 brothers). Maybe it's the fact that her parent's shared her with us. Maybe it's the fact that it didn't have to take her. She could have lived. No matter what the reason, Kycie took my breath away and taught me more about Type 1 Diabetes than I had learned in the months I had been studying.
Kycie and her parents taught bravery and humility. Faith and humanity. They taught me that you truly can "Let go and Let God". Her story was so close to my heart that I had to skim posts or click through pictures because I didn't want to ugly cry in front of people in the middle of the day. She just touched me in a raw and shredded way that I was unprepared for. The fight in her. The purpose. Her mission, however painful and shocking, was so beautiful and necessary.
Kycie has saved so many kids from T1D. And I know she helped so many moms hug their babies tighter and treasure them a little more. I cannot imagine the hole Kycie left in the hearts of her sweet brothers or her parents. But I know she filled empty places throughout the world.