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Adventures In Tube Feeding: G-Tubes & Autism Part 1

  
  
  
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If you’ve followed the Lauren’s Hope blog for a while, you know that sometimes I write about my kids and their medical needs. Julia, 7, wears her Lauren’s Hope medical ID bracelet for her chocolate allergy and for the simple fact that I know she would completely freak out and forget our phone number in an emergency. Will, 9, wears his Lauren’s Hope medical ID bracelet because he has severe autism and is nonverbal. He’s had the same one for quite a while now, but last week, I had to order Will a new medical ID tag. The reason? Will just spent 11 days in the hospital and got a G-Tube.


A Very Special Free Stuff Friday

  
  
  
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Monday is Memorial Day. While that typically means a day off work, lots of picnics, and the unofficial start to summer, we all know the true purpose of Memorial Day is honoring those US military personnel who have died in service to our nation. So today's Free Stuff Friday is a little different. Today, we're not giving away Lauren's Hope medical ID bracelets. Today, we're giving away three pieces from our new Love & Beloved line of personalized jewelry.


Planning Summer Fun For Special Kids

  
  
  
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Whether you're cheering or groaning over the end of the school year, it's here, and for parents of children with chronic health conditions or special needs (as, let's face it, with everything else for us), there's extra work to do. As the mom of a third grader with severe, nonverbal autism and the mom of a first grader with a chocolate allergy, I'm not just wrapping up the year and looking forward to summer vacation. I'm doing year-end IEP meetings and coordinating with summer camp personnel to make appropriate arrangements for their care all summer long. Don't get me wrong. We have a healthy dose of FUN planned for the summer, but making that happen ... well, it just takes a bit more planning when you're a special-needs parent. 


Our Diabetes Blog Week Gifts To You!

  
  
  
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This week marks the Fifth Annual Diabetes Blog Week, headed up by one of our favorite DBloggers and a true DOC leader, Karen Graffeo of Bitter~Sweet Diabetes. Diabetes Blog Week is an inspiring, empowering week during which upwards of 175 DOC bloggers join together and commit to blogging daily on a set of pre-determined topics.


Win a FREE Tech ID From Lauren's Hope! It's FREE STUFF FRIDAY!

  
  
  
Free Medical ID Jewelry

What day is it? That's right, friends! It's FRIDAY! And better than that, it's FREE STUFF FRIDAY! Our favorite kind of Friday!


Kids With Courage, Supporting Families With T1D: Part II

  
  
  
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Recently, we introduced our readers to some new friends of ours, the folks at the Kids With Courage Foundation. Kids With Courage is a Kansas City-area nonprofit organization that supports kids with Type 1 Diabetes and their families. With year-round support, education, social, and resource-oriented events the all-volunteer team at KWC are busy people. Add to that their annual One Inspired Evening Gala and their signature Crates Full of Courage efforts, through which they provide outstanding resources and much-needed support to newly diagnosed families at Children's Mercy Hospital, and you've got one amazing organization. 


Teaming Up For T1D: Introducing Kids With Courage

  
  
  
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Lauren’s Hope Medical ID Jewelry was founded after CEO and Owner, LeAnn Carlson, created a stylish, interchangeable medical alert bracelet for a teenage girl with Type 1 Diabetes who simply refused to wear the unattractive, uncomfortable medical alert jewelry of the past. Since making that very first bracelet in 2001, Type 1 Diabetes has remained a high priority here at Lauren’s Hope. In addition to regularly attending diabetes events in our community; sending gift certificates, donations, and other forms of support to diabetes-related events and organizations around the world; and making a concerted effort to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes on a regular basis, Lauren’s Hope has donated well over $100,000 to the JDRF. When we say T1D is important around here, we really do mean it.


My Family Has Autism: Lauren's Hope Supports Autism Awareness

  
  
  
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In April 2011, I had been a Lauren’s Hope customer for a while already, and I was excited to share my family’s story on the LH blog. Jenna White interviewed me about my little family, my son’s autism, and why I believe so strongly that children with autism need to wear medical ID jewelry at all times.


Paying It Forward: Karen Hanson's Story of Hope

  
  
  
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At Lauren’s Hope, we have a wall filled with customers’ letters. Several of us keep “love letter” files in our desk drawers, many accompanied by wonderful photographs of the incredible people we are fortunate enough to have as lifelong customers. Hearing from our customers is one of our favorite parts of what we do here at LH. We are consistently humbled by customers’ stories of hope, gratitude, tenacity, and love. 


Facebook Friends & Stylish Safety

  
  
  
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Last month, a customer contacted us here at Lauren’s Hope, looking for a solution to her medical alert jewelry challenge: she has very petite wrists and felt most medical ID bracelets were just too large for her taste. Shelley, 32, a state government employee in Nebraska, explains, “I believe it’s very important in the event of a medical emergency that I have some piece of identifying information on me, especially if I'm unable to speak up for myself. A piece of ID jewelry could potentially be life-saving [because] I have a medication allergy, a food allergy and wear a piece of durable medical equipment daily to manage a chronic health condition.”


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