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Cystic Fibrosis, or CF, is a genetic disorder affecting the lungs, digestive system, sweat glands, and male reproductive system. It is among the most common chronic lung diseases diagnosed in children, teens, and young adults, and it is both life threatening and life limiting, with an average lifespan of 37 years for those with CF who live to adulthood.
Parkinson’s disease is an incurable, progressive nervous system disorder impacting movement. Treatment typically includes medications that alleviate some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s. In some cases, brain surgery can also help alleviate some symptoms, but again, this is not a cure.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD for short, is one of the most commonly diagnosed lung diseases. There are two primary forms of COPD:
People have seizures when their brain cells send out abnormal signals via electrical impulses. When this happens on a recurring basis, it is called epilepsy. Epilepsy is a seizure disorder more common in adults but also found in children. Some children outgrow their epilepsy, while others live with this disorder their entire lives.
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For many children and teens, going back to school or heading to "Meet The Teacher" events is a bit intimidating and overwhelming. Kids feel nervous or anxious about a new school year, and for shy children in particular, those first few weeks of learning new names, places, and people can be truly challenging. For children with health care concerns such as Type 1 Diabetes, food allergies, asthma, or chronic illness, this can be harder, as even confident teens are often uncomfortable simply walking up to a new teacher and saying, "Hi. My name is Sally, and I have a peanut allergy." That's not the first conversation they want to have, even though it's such an important topic. They don't want to be defined by their diagnoses or thought of as, "The Diabetic Kid." Their health care status may not be information they want to share in front of other people right away, but they do need to communicate it to the teacher.
If you ever call the Lauren’s Hope office on a busy day, you may have your questions answered or order taken by one LeAnn Carlson, who’s friendly as they come, always ready to help, and as knowledgeable about our products as humanly possible. And she ought to be. She’s the Owner and CEO of Lauren’s Hope.
So this week, if it's even possible, Free Stuff Friday is even BETTER than usual because we have a super duper amazing and fantastic back-to-school guest blog from the always-fab Denise, aka Mom of Bean, the T1D blogger behind My Sweet Bean and Her Pod. Are you following her blog? Because you should be. It's that awesome.
Pacemakers are small devices that are implanted under the skin near the heart. They can be implanted permanently or temporarily, and they function by monitoring your heartbeat and using electrical signals to make adjustments if your heart is not beating properly. People suffering from arrhythmia and/or heart failure may receive pacemakers to regulate their heartbeats.
Rose gold. There's something so refined, simple, and elegant about it. Rose gold can be dressed up or down, goes from day to evening, and really goes with just about everything. It's the Little Black Dress of medical alert jewelry.
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