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Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and that means it’s time for lots of great outdoor fun! For many, the next few months will be filled with swimming, picnicking, travel, beach time, amusement parks, BBQs, and loads of other fun family activities. While parents of kids with environmental allergies, food allergies, diabetes, epilepsy, special needs, and chronic health concerns still want their kids to have a great time over the summer, their summer planning take a little more work. So, today, we’re giving parents a hand by compiling a list of some of our favorite online resources for a fun, safe, kid-friendly summer!
On June 18th, Shari, a Lauren’s Hope customer and mom of three, will mark the completion of her first year parenting a child with T1D, despite the fact that a year ago, she likely wouldn’t have known what that abbreviation meant. “We don’t have any family members with diabetes,” she says of her son, Ryan’s, diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes, “So, this really came out of left field.”
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Did you know that having Celiac Disease is not the same as having a gluten allergy? It’s also different from a gluten intolerance or sensitivity, despite the fact that the treatments for these increasingly common issues are fairly similar. The main way to manage Celiac Disease, gluten allergies, and gluten intolerances or sensitivities is to remove all gluten from the diet, which is easier said than done, as gluten is widely used and can easily be ingested due to cross-contamination during food preparation. Just ask Amber, a high school student and Lauren’s Hope customer, who has been living a gluten-free life for over a year now.
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“The doctor took one look at my daughter and said, ‘Your daughter has Celiac Disease. You need to leave here and get her to the hospital right now. She has liver failure. She needs to be admitted for critical malnutrition before she dies.’”
This Friday, May 18, 2012 is National Bike to Work Day, and that got us thinking about cycling safety, particularly about ICE (In Case of Emergency) IDs for cyclists.
Somehow, it’s already May, and that means summer is really right around the corner. For parents, that means school is almost over, and it’s time to gear up for camp and kid-friendly travel! When your child has severe allergies, diabetes, epilepsy, special needs, or other chronic medical conditions, however, planning for summer fun takes a little extra work than average. So, today, we’ll take a look at our Top Five Tips for A Safe Summer.
Today, I’m catching up with our fantastic jewelry design manager, JoAn, to get a little insight into her design process and learn a bit about the brain behind designing medical ID bracelets for Lauren's Hope.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and that always makes me think of my own mom, of course, but also about all the incredible mothers I’ve known who have guided and supported me throughout the years. I think about the mentors and teachers, aunts and grandmothers, contemporaries and older friends who shared the wisdom of their life experiences. I think about all of these amazing women, and I am grateful for each and every one of them. That’s why on Mother’s Day, I don’t just call my mom; I call my sister, who is busy with two kids out in California. I call my aunt whose sons have long been grown and out of the house. I call my grandmother and listen to her recount stories of my mom’s childhood and my own, all of which I’ve heard many times, and feel grateful that she still recalls them so well and enjoys sharing them with me.
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