To put it simply, the pump is a lifesaver. Days are too hectic (and purses are too small) to be on the strict schedule of shots. Who has the time or patience to keep track of all of the small details that injections entail?
The pump can also be frustrating. No one wants to think about the pump when not using it – isn’t that the point of having one? On a day-to-day basis this is not a huge problem. It can be clipped or tucked into a waistband with few issues.
Everything from school dances, to sports games, to formal business events become major causes of stress. There is a a whole assortment of different “pump wear”: fanny packs, waist and thigh bands, cell phone cases, arm cases – this list goes on. But each concoction presents its own difficulties.
Many ripped out sites, runs cut short, and dresses with a lump on the hip brought about a promising solution: spandex.
By putting a pocket in the back of the spandex it is more accessible because the tubing does not get caught or wrapped around different clothing. It is comfortable and doesn’t bounce around while moving or get in the way while sitting down. Also, because of where it falls in the small of the back, the infamous “pump bump” is minimal. Finally the additional pocket in the front located on the left thigh allows another option for pump storage, sensor storage, or even emergency glucose, needles or insulin. To make these spandex suitable for more diabetics, the pocket is designed to comfortably fit an Animas, T-Slim, and MiniMed pump.
For everyone living with Type-One diabetes advancements in research and product development are very important. 10% of revenue from each pair of shorts sold will be donated directly to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to aid the advancement of Type 1 diabetes research (and the hope for a cure!).
About the Shorts
Pumpstash shorts are made from 79% polyester and 21% spandex with antibacterial and wicking properties to create a comfortable, dry, light pair of compression shorts. A thicker, stronger fabric (80% nylon, 20% spandex) is used on the pockets to make sure they are extra supportive. The pocket in the back is sized at 4 inches by 2.5 inches, and the pocket in the front is 4.5 inches by 2.5 inches. Our shorts are produced locally in New York City and come in small/medium/large in both girls' and women's sizes. Girls' waistbands are as follows: small (20 in), medium (21 in), and large (22 in), and women's waistbands are: small (24 in), medium (26 in), and large (28 in). Keep in mind waistbands are elastic, so very stretchy!
My name is Corinne Logan and I am a junior at Fordham University in New York City studying business.. I was diagnosed with Type-One diabetes 19 years ago and have been on the insulin pump for 15 years. I was inspired to start Pumpstash as a high school lacrosse player who wore spandex constantly. My Mom and I had the idea to put pockets in the shorts to stabilize the pump, and I realized how many other people struggled with how to secure it.
When I'm not at school or working on Pumpstash, I love exploring New York City, belting out Taylor Swift, oatmeal raisin cookies, and binge listening to podcasts,
About our Photos
All of of photos are taken by the amazing Hannah Ziegler, check out more of her work on her Facebook page