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Every October, the pink ribbons abound as people come together to promote breast cancer awareness, support, and research efforts. Thankfully, those efforts continue all year round, and here at Lauren’s Hope, that’s never been truer than it became this past spring.
In April, CEO and Owner, LeAnn Carlson called a staff meeting. Gathered together, LeAnn shared the news with all of us. Not one to mince words, she simply said, “I have been diagnosed with breast cancer.”
Lauren's Hope is a constantly evolving, growing organization with countless moving parts. Heading up the organization of all of those spinning plates is Sari Cantrell, Operations Manager and jack-of-all-trades around the office who is just as often found fixing a computer or developing infrastructure as she is working on our website, helping customers, managing inventory, and pitching in wherever else she's needed. We sat down this morning to chat about her first 18 months here at LH.
When she's not planning an epic, company-wide ALS Ice Bucket Challenge or talking about her new puppy Milton, you'll find Lauren's Hope Graphic Designer, Quinn Mills, meticulously planning and executing the product photos, marketing emails, and graphic design projects our customers see every day, worldwide.
When I made my big move from Lincoln, NE to Kansas City, on my list of things to get set up were cable, Internet, electricity, and a new Endocrinologist and Gastroenterologist. When you live with a chronic health condition, leaving the comfort of your specialist can be a bit overwhelming, and frankly, it can be pretty stressful.
If you've been online in the last few weeks, odds are you have heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This terrific awareness campaign has gone viral online, inspiring people from all over to help raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association. The gist is that if someone challenges you, you have 24 hours to either make an ice bucket video yourself or donate $100 to the ALS Association. From July 29 to August 20, 2014, the ALS Association received $31.5 million dollars in donations, compared with $1.9 million over the same time last year! What a difference social media makes!
Those of you who follow the Lauren's Hope blog regularly (and who doesn't?) may recall that I shared a personal story earlier this summer when my 9-year-old son, Will, was diagnosed with Severe Feeding Aversion (that's him, at left, in the hospital) and underwent surgery to place a Microvasive G-Tube. This feeding tube works by way of a port on his abdomen, allowing us to give him all the nutrition he needs while he undergoes long-term feeding aversion therapy, a form of occupational therapy that addresses the behavioral, sensory (texture, smell, temperature, etc.), social, cognitive, and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) issues surrounding feeding.
As the fall semester approaches, it’s easy to look straight forward to purchasing textbooks, moving into and furnishing your new dorm or apartment, and the fun times you will have with new friends. But for those of us with health issues that impact our daily lives, there are a few extra things that should be put on our new semester checklists before we get to all that other fun stuff.
When people think of reasons a person would wear medical ID jewelry, they typically list things like diabetes, food allergies, drug allergies, epilepsy, heart conditions, and Alzheimer's. And while all of these conditions are important reasons to wear medical alert jewelry, there is one group of conditions that is largely overlooked: mental health disorders.
Blood thinners are a very commonly prescribed medication in the US. If you have a type of heart or blood vessel disease or if you have inadequate blood flow to the brain, your doctor has probably prescribed some variety of blood thinner to help treat your symptoms. Blood thinners work to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by reducing the formation of blood clots in your arteries and veins.
There’s a pain rating scale called the McGill Pain Index. This scale starts at zero (no pain) and goes up to 50. A bone fracture is around a 15. Natural childbirth without preparation ranks just below amputation of a finger or toe, and both rank below a 40. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), however, tops the list at a 42. And unlike childbirth or a broken bone, things with set beginnings and ends, CRPS never goes away.
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