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Lauren's Hope Joins The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

  
  
  
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If you've been online in the last few weeks, odds are you have heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This terrific awareness campaign has gone viral online, inspiring people from all over to help raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association. The gist is that if someone challenges you, you have 24 hours to either make an ice bucket video yourself or donate $100 to the ALS Association. From July 29 to August 20, 2014, the ALS Association received $31.5 million dollars in donations, compared with $1.9 million over the same time last year! What a difference social media makes!


Back to (Elementary) School With a Feeding Tube

  
  
  
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Those of you who follow the Lauren's Hope blog regularly (and who doesn't?) may recall that I shared a personal story earlier this summer when my 9-year-old son, Will, was diagnosed with Severe Feeding Aversion (that's him, at left, in the hospital) and underwent surgery to place a Microvasive G-Tube. This feeding tube works by way of a port on his abdomen, allowing us to give him all the nutrition he needs while he undergoes long-term feeding aversion therapy, a form of occupational therapy that addresses the behavioral, sensory (texture, smell, temperature, etc.), social, cognitive, and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) issues surrounding feeding.


What Does Mental Health Have To Do With Medical ID Jewelry?

  
  
  
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When people think of reasons a person would wear medical ID jewelry, they typically list things like diabetes, food allergies, drug allergies, epilepsy, heart conditions, and Alzheimer's. And while all of these conditions are important reasons to wear medical alert jewelry, there is one group of conditions that is largely overlooked: mental health disorders.


Customer Story of Hope: Jo Hewitt Advocates for CRPS

  
  
  
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There’s a pain rating scale called the McGill Pain Index. This scale starts at zero (no pain) and goes up to 50. A bone fracture is around a 15. Natural childbirth without preparation ranks just below amputation of a finger or toe, and both rank below a 40. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), however, tops the list at a 42.  And unlike childbirth or a broken bone, things with set beginnings and ends, CRPS never goes away.


Free Stuff Friday! Go Back To School in (Safe) Style!

  
  
  
Free Stuff Friday

What’s better than a Friday in summer? A FREE STUFF FRIDAY in summer! And better than that, today’s FREE STUFF FRIDAY brings TWO great prizes for one lucky winner! Read on!


What Is A Health Care Surrogate?

  
  
  
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Talking about health care surrogates, power of attorney representatives, medical proxies, and advance directives is something most people avoid. It’s natural to think we have time to deal with these issues or say, “Oh, I really need to look into that someday.” The truth is, “someday” often gets pushed off again and again until it’s really too late.


Top Five Summer Safety Tips

  
  
  
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It's July, and for most of the country, that means we are not remotely done with swimming weather. By this time of the year, the standard social media articles have made the rounds, reminding us all to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, and take breaks from the heat. Some other great tips have surfaced recently, though, so today, we're lising our Top 5 Summer Tips of 2014.


Engraving Your Medical ID Jewelry Right

  
  
  
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Every day, we have the opportunity to speak with Lauren's Hope customers, and many call because they're simply not sure what to engrave on medical ID jewelry. This is certainly something worth spending time considering, as your medical alert bracelet is the one thing that can always be counted on to advocate for you in those scary moments when you simply cannot do so for yourself.


July 4th Safety Tips

  
  
  
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This Friday is the 4th of July, and throughout the US, that means BBQs, picnics, sun, swimming, fireworks, and so much more. It's a day of recreation and relaxation, and it's a time to celebrate with family and friends. Of course, all of that celebrating can get out of hand quickly. But a little preparation and some safety savvy can help everyone have more fun while staying safe. 


From IEP to 504: Navigating the School System

  
  
  
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When your child has health concerns, special needs, learning challenges, or any other condition or diagnosis that requires special accommodations, assistance, or awareness at school, there’s paperwork involved. And meetings. And then typically more paperwork and more meetings. But when you’re new to the diagnosis, sometimes, you simply don’t even know what to ask for. Here’s a little help getting started, from a mom who’s been there.


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