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It's Back...Free Stuff Friday

  
  
  
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It's time for another fun-filled Free Stuff Friday. This week we are giving away 3 cool medical ID's that are sure to keep you safe and of course, in style. In order to enter this week's Free Stuff Friday please choose from the following options:


Beat the Heat With Our Cool Tips

  
  
  
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It seems we have officially entered the "dog days" of summer. We've suffered under scorching heat, the blazing sun, and sweltering temperatures from sunrise to sundown and the boiling weather can do far worse than just drive us toward the pool. Beat the heat and avoid serious complications by following a few simple hot weather safety tips.


What You Need To Know About Cord Blood Awareness

  
  
  
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Cord Blood Awareness Month

Stem cell research can be a touchy subject. There are many ethical arguments for and against, and people tend to have strong opinions regarding the controversy. For people with life-threatening medical conditions though, stem cells can be a lifesaving form of treatment and there is more than one way to obtain them. One of the sometimes overlooked methods of collection is through saving cord blood. July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month , which "strives to empower expectant parents to make an informed choice regarding their options to save their newborn's cord blood stem cells," according to the Cord Blood Registry.


Perfect Medical ID's for Summer

  
  
  
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It's summertime and the living is easy...but shopping for fashionable, yet affordable, summer medical ID jewelry can be a bit of a challenge. Have no fear - we are here to help! Here are a few of our summertime favorites.


Safe Traveling Tips with Food Allergies

  
  
  
safe traveling with food allergy

Okay, so someone in your family has a peanut allergy. You've taken all the necessary precautions; you've done your research. You know to read food labels closely, to carry emergency medication at all times, and to wear a medical ID bracelet. You are an expert allergy-free grocery shopper. You know exactly what foods are in your home at all times. You have successfully peanut-proofed your living space.


Free Stuff Friday

  
  
  
free stuff fridayDuring this week's Free Stuff Friday Extravaganza we're giving away 3 bright and shiny, fashionable and stylish medical ID's.

Here are the details on how you can enter this week's contest:

For ONE free entry, please subscribe to the Lauren's Hope blog and leave a comment letting me know which item you would like to win this week. IF you are already a Lauren's Hope blog subscriber, please let me know within your comment. (mandatory)

For EXTRA entries (each entry must be in a separate comment):
  1. Like Lauren's Hope on Facebook then share our Free Stuff Friday, or your favorite products, with your family and friends and leave a comment letting me know that you did.
  2. Follow Lauren's Hope on Twitter then tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment letting me know that you did.
  3. Blog about Lauren's Hope. Leave a comment with the link to your blog post.
This giveaway ends Monday, July 18, 2011.

Item 1

This is our B194 Bright Lights Medical ID Bracelet. Glow-in-the-dark beads are all the rage and we have plenty here at Lauren's Hope! These bright and cheerful beads light up the night like the bright lights of a big city. Featuring Swarovski crystals and sterling silver bali beads as accents, this bracelet is not only fun but a fashion statement as well. The clasps on this medical ID bracelet are stainless steel.

Item 2
This is our VF10 Confetti Flower Alert Necklace. The fun, upbeat colors guarantee inevitable happiness when you wear this Lauren’s Hope exclusive. Including a bright and fun-filled 18 inch beaded necklace!

Item 3
This is our C68 Karma with Hematite medical ID bracelet. This bracelet is a wonderful combination of sterling silver Bali beads combined with our ever popular tubular hematite bead. The clasp on this bracelet are stainless steel.

For ONE free entry, please subscribe to the Lauren's Hope blog and leave a comment letting me know which item you would like to win this week. IF you are already a Lauren's Hope blog subscriber, please let me know within your comment. (mandatory)

For EXTRA entries (each entry must be in a separate comment):
  1. Like Lauren's Hope on Facebook then share our Free Stuff Friday, or your favorite products, with your family and friends and leave a comment letting me know that you did.
  2. Follow Lauren's Hope on Twitter then tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment letting me know that you did.
  3. Blog about Lauren's Hope. Leave a comment with the link to your blog post.

Good luck!


Diabetic Alert Dogs Save Lives

  
  
  
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Kaydence Ney is like a lot of other four-year-old girls: she loves playing dress-up, being a big sister, playing princess, and dreaming of her very own puppy....a puppy that could cost as much as $20,000.

This puppy may be well worth the money, however. The specially-trained canine would be able to sense changes in blood sugar levels and could be life-saving for people like Kaydence, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes shortly after turning three years old. Ever since then, she has been under the constant, watchful eye of her mother, Tammy, who wakes to an alarm every few hours each night to check on her daughter.

"She has to be under 24-hour observation," Tammy was quoted in a recent article published in her local newspaper, the Standard Speaker . "That's why I looked into the dog."

Diabetes alert dogs are trained to sense and recognize the early signs of an oncoming hypoglycemic episode 25 to 40 minutes before a diabetic meter, according to Dan Warren of Warren Retrievers’ Guardian Angel Service Dogs. The theory behind these remarkable pooches is that they can smell chemical changes in a person’s body before the obvious physical effects of high or low blood sugar set in. Companies like Guardian Angel Service Dogs then strategically train these dogs to alert people to those chemical changes. However, that training is not easy...or cheap.

According to Beverly Schwartz of All Purpose Canines, training can take up to two years and cost up to $20,000. “It’s very time-consuming and intense to get the dog to be at least 85 percent accurate,” she explained in an article in the popular Diabetes Forecast magazine.

For Kaydence’s parents, there is no question that these dogs are well worth it, despite the hefty price tag.

"These dogs are lifesavers," Tammy said.

To assist with the cost, the family has organized fundraising efforts called “K-9 for Kaydence.” They plan on hosting fundraisers in their community as well as collecting general donations.

To learn more about diabetic alert dogs and service dog organizations, please visit the following websites:


Mommy, What is Diabetes? Book Giveaway

  
  
  
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A Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes diagnosis can be shocking, scary, and overwhelming - not only for your child, but also for you. Diabetes truly affects the entire family, and when your child is diagnosed, they will likely ask you some tough questions...questions that you are probably asking, too!

That was the case for Irene Mallano, whose daughter Madison Rose was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2006, when she was only four years old. The Mallanos had no family history of diabetes, and Irene was struggling to understand the disease - and to help her daughter understand it as well.

“One day shortly after diagnosis, I was sitting alone in the kitchen full of tears. My daughter came in, put her hand on my shoulder and asked, ‘mommy, what is diabetes?’  along with many other questions I was unprepared to answer,” Irene told Lauren’s Hope in an exclusive interview. “With a frozen look in my eyes as I thought of what to say, she just hugged me and said, ‘don’t worry mommy. We can do this together.’ That is when I knew I needed to smile every day, and I wanted to make something for her and other families like us; because even though there were many books to read, none of them explained everything in a positive storyline for a child.”

That first burning question Madison asked about her new diagnosis soon became the title of their recently published book, Mommy, What Is Type 1 Diabetes? The book is written from Madison’s point of view, and follows her through her diagnosis and her day-to-day reality - checking glucose levels, carefully reading nutrition labels, and doing all the things she loves to do, without letting diabetes hold her back! It is written in easy-to-understand terms and includes photographs as well as hand-drawn illustrations to give a clear explanation of diabetes that even a newly diagnosed child can follow. A list of tips for families, a special section just for parents, a list of symptoms and a glossary add even more in-depth information to answer families’ questions about diabetes.

After writing such a helpful and inspiring story, you might expect Madison and Irene to be diabetes experts, but Irene says they still face challenges. “There is no daily manual; we just take it one day at a time. We have had days that are up and down but we do try to focus on balance and having fun too,” Irene said. “We manage to the best of our ability. Every day will not be perfect and once we learned that, we accepted each day as its own new challenge.”

Mommy, What Is Type 1 Diabetes? can be purchased wherever books are sold, as well as online at Amazon, Google, and Barnes & Noble. An autographed copy is available through the author’s website at a 20% retail discount price, and one of our lucky blog readers will win a FREE autographed copy! 25% of net proceeds of the book are donated to the JDRF to assist in the search for a cure.           
Enter to win a FREE autographed copy of "Mommy, What is Diabetes" by doing the following:
 
For ONE free entry, please subscribe to the Lauren's Hope blog and leave a comment letting me you are a new subscriber. IF you are already a Lauren's Hope blog subscriber, please let me know within your comment. (mandatory)
For EXTRA entries (each entry must be in a separate comment):

  1. Like Lauren's Hope on Facebook then share this book giveaway, or your favorite products, with your family and friends and leave a comment letting me know that you did.
  2. Follow Lauren's Hope on Twitter then tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment letting me know that you did.
  3. Blog about Lauren's Hope. Leave a comment with the link to your blog post.
This giveaway ends Friday, July 22, 2011.

Safe Traveling with Diabetes

  
  
  
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Traveling with Diabetes

You’ve been working hard – all day, every day. But the promise of sweet summer sunshine and a cool, calm breeze have you wishing for a much-deserved vacation. Whatever your dream retreat is, it’s totally impossible for you to travel – or so you thought. This summer, don’t let your diabetes hold you back from the trip of a lifetime. Follow these helpful hints from the American Diabetes Association for traveling with diabetes, and hit the road!

1.  First, check with your doctor.

a.  Make sure your diabetes is under control.
b.  Get a letter from your doctor that explains what you need to do for your diabetes (i.e. take insulin shots or diabetes pills), lists any medications or devices you use (i.e.syringes), and lists any allergies or medications to which you are sensitive or allergic.
c.  Request a prescription. You should carry enough medication to get you through your trip, but it’s good to have the prescription in case of an emergency. If you’re going out of the country, contact the International Diabetes Federation for information on prescription laws in other countries.

2.  Be able to communicate.

a.  If you are traveling out of the country, it is a good idea to get a list of English-speaking foreign doctors. Visit the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers to obtain a list.
b.  Learn how to say “I have diabetes” in the language of the country to which you are traveling.
c.   ALWAYS wear medical alert jewelry that shows you have diabetes.

3.  Pack wisely.

a.  It’s better to be safe than sorry…pack at least twice as much medication and testing supplies as you should need, and keep all medication in your carry-on so it stays with you. Also keep air-tight snacks and sugar in your carry-on to treat low blood glucose.    
b.  Don’t store insulin in glove compartments or in direct sunlight. Protect your insulin with a travel pack to keep it cool. Insulated lunch boxes work well for this. Simply fill it with ice the night before your trip and your medication will stay cool the next day.

4.  Timing is everything.

a.  Ask your doctor to help you plan the timing of injections when you travel, especially if you are crossing time zones.
b.  Keep your flight schedule in mind when planning meals and injections.
c.  Keep your watch on your home time zone until the morning after you arrive. This will help you keep track of meals and medication while you are traveling.

5.  While you’re there...
a.  Take snacks when you’re hiking or sightseeing – you never know if and when you will have access to food.
b.   Ask for a list of ingredients for unfamiliar foods to avoid upsetting your stomach.
c.  Wear comfortable shoes – don’t go barefoot!
d.  Take a lot of pictures, make a lot of memories, and bring us back a souvenir!

What are your summer vacation plans? Do you have any travel stories or tips for traveling with diabetes? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment!


Behind the Scenes: The Birth of a Medical ID Bracelet

  
  
  
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It’s kind of magical, the way you can place a simple phone call or online order and then go on about your daily life, not worrying a bit about your custom-made medical ID bracelet again until it lands on your front porch 10-14 business days later.


This Week's Free Stuff Friday Winners

  
  
  
free stuff friday winners

This week's Free Stuff Friday winners are:

Item 1: Bernadette, "I would love love love to have anyone of these bracelets! I am a breast cancer survivor, my 3 year anniversary is next week!"


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