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A diagnosis is so much more than a word. It's a lifestyle. It's a constant. It's a priority. And that often means that it becomes the cause we are most motivated to serve, which leads to fundraising for treatments, research, and cures. Sometimes, people feel uncomfortable doing fundraisers, because they don't like asking for money or they feel it's inappropriate somehow. But fundraisers are about more than money. Great fundraising mobilizes people and raises as much awareness as it does money.
Medical alert jewelry has come a long way from the days of the chunky stainless drugstore bracelets that itched and never seemed to match anything. Today’s medical ID jewelry is different. It’s cool. It’s fun. It’s so much better.
Today's Free Stuff Friday is a team effort with our friend, Karen Graffeo, the Type 1 Diabetes blogger behind Bitter~Sweet and Diabetes Blog Week. Recently, Karen started wearing a Lauren's Hope medical alert bracelet after avoiding medical ID jewelry for years. We're proud to say she's now a very happy Lauren's Hope fan who wears her bracelet daily!
There are some words you never want to hear mentioned in conjunction with your 9-year-old child. Words like:
Today's Lauren's Hope blog comes to us from Sharon Ascher, M.A., CCC-SLP, a highly sought-after Gainesville, Florida-area pediatric speech-language pathologist who specializes in speech and language evaluations and therapy for young children. Last June, we interviewed Mrs. Ascher about aphasia and the many reasons why adults and children with speech and language disorders need to wear medical alert jewelry. Today, she gives us the low-down on recognizing the signs that your child may need speech and language therapy.
Organ transplants have lifelong implications for the transplant recipient. For example, when someone receives a liver transplant, there are a variety of lifestyle changes the recipient must make. Liver transplant recipients must not drink alcohol in excess, must be especially cautious about the safety of their drinking water, will likely need to take immunosuppressant medications to help prevent organ rejection, have to take particular care to avoid infections, and must avoid coming in contact with animal waste products (e.g.: have someone else tend to pets’ needs).
Multiple sclerosis, often referred to as MS, is a disease of the central nervous system. Chronic and quite often disabling, MS varies in severity and rate of progress, and different patients experience varying symptoms from a set group. While multiple sclerosis has an immune system component in that the immune system attacks the central nervous system, it is not technically considered an autoimmune disease, although newer research may change that with time.
Rheumatoid arthritis, sometimes called RA, impacts approximately 1.3 million Americans. Considering that is nearly 1% of the US population, it’s something everyone should know at least a little about.
Mitral valve prolapse is a heart condition in which one of the heart’s valves, the one separating the left side’s upper and lower chambers, does not close properly. This can, but does not always, cause mitral regurgitation, a scenario in which blood flows backward because the valve isn’t closing fully when the heart contracts.
Meet Pat Gibbs: heart attack survivor, activist, aspiring photographer, Lauren’s Hope customer, and all-around inspiring lady. This 63-year-old “Raging Granny” enjoys, “…singing at festivals and picket lines about environmental and social justice issues on my days off,” explains Pat. “When I am fully retired, I hope to be able to attend every Raging Granny gig. On the west coast of Canada here, that is almost a lifestyle choice for many retirees who are also activists. I also love to attend the film evenings put on by our local Cinema Politica group where activists meet to share and learn.”
When you are on multiple medications, your risk of a drug interaction increases. This is a major factor in an emergency, but even on a day to day basis, when making decisions about over-the-counter (OTC) cold medicines and pain relievers, you need to consider your other, routine medications and whether they might interact with these short-term treatments. Having this information on hand at all times serves as a reminder as well as a safeguard.
Hemophilia is an umbrella term that covers three major bleeding disorders:
We're super excited for Fourth of July here at Lauren's Hope! It's time for a day off (We're closed on the 4th, but we'll be back in the office on the 5th.) to celebrate America with family and friends. There's so much to look forward to, and as we make our holiday plans, we're making sure we remember one big rule: Safety First!
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