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Mommy, What is Diabetes? Book Giveaway

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!

10 Things You Should Know About Diabetes


If you are one of the 25.8 million Americans with diabetes, you are probably an expert on the condition…and that means you probably get a lot of seemingly silly (and often frustrating) questions from friends who don’t understand it the way you do. We asked our friends on Facebook to list some of the most important things they want their friends and family to know about the disease – to answer even the most ridiculous questions once and for all!

Girl With the Portable Pancreas GIVEAWAY


Do you have diabetes or know someone who has diabetes? Are you looking for a source of online support, friendship, and entertainment? Do you love Lauren’s Hope and want to win FREE medical ID jewelry?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you’ll be very excited to meet our friend Stacey, the Girl with the Portable Pancreas!

“My name is Stacey, @PortblPancGrl, author of The Girl with the Portable Pancreas blog. I am a 30-something year old type 1 diabetic who lives and grew up in NYC. I have been very happily married for 8+ years, have worked in investment banking for 13 years, and am a huge gadget fanatic. I am an identical twin and so is my husband! I love being an aunt, reading on my Kindle, listening to music, and doing things for others.

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on Christmas eve in 1981. I was 5 years old. Honestly I don't really remember life without diabetes. Sometimes I think that worked in my favor since I don't remember my life really changing. I feel it has made me more conscious and proactive about my overall health, which is not a bad thing.”

Stacey’s journey with diabetes has inspired her to share her story on her blog. Her goal is “to educate those people who don't know much about diabetes, to offer support for those who also live with it and to advocate on the issues important to the diabetes community.”

“Living with diabetes is hard...and sometimes may even seem impossible.” Stacey reminds us. “It's okay to get frustrated, but don't let that frustration build up. These days, there is a huge community out there (both online and off) willing to lend a helping hand.”

That community is never more than a click away, thanks to online resources for diabetes. Some of Stacey’s favorite sources of information and support are www.diabetessocmed.com, www.tudiabetes.org, www.diabetesdaily.com, www.diabetessisters.org, www.tcoyd.com, and www.act1diabetes.org.

To learn more about Stacey and her story and to enter for your chance to win a FREE Lauren’s Hope medical ID bracelets, visit her blog today! She is hosting a Lauren’s Hope giveaway this Wednesday, June 22 and will be announcing the winner on Friday, June 24. Don’t miss out! 

Have Diabetes? You Are Not Alone - You Can Do This


“You can do this.”

If you have any medical condition, you’ve probably heard these words a thousand times. But they’ve never been spoken quite as loudly as they are now, thanks to a brand new project created by Kim Vlasnik.
The You Can Do This project is a collection of video testimonials by people who have diabetes, for people who have diabetes. The videos are meant to encourage communication between people in the diabetic online community and remind them that they are not alone, that they are all in this fight together, and that they CAN do this.
“Everyone with diabetes struggles at one time or another,” Kim writes in her blog.  “Validation and community have the ability to lighten the emotional load that diabetes can place on us.”

Diabetes and Safe Driving

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It’s the allure of freedom, the promise of the open road, the addictive sense of adventure...It’s the wind in your hair, the irresistible appeal of endless possibility.  The words “road trip” have become synonymous with freedom, adventure, and long-lasting memories, but if you’re diabetic, you know that it is necessary to take a few extra precautions before hitting the highway for your summer getaway.

Division 1 Soccer Star Shares Her Journey with Diabetes


This post is brought to you by a very special customer of ours, Lindsey Maricic. My name is Lindsey Maricic and I'm a Type 1 Diabetic. I am also a soccer player and I play division 1 college soccer for Cal State Fullerton. I was diagnosed about 5 years ago and have been struggling with playing sports and my health the whole time.

Will a Cure For Diabetes Be Found?

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This post is brought to you by a special customer of ours, Kristi Domke. Hello Lauren's Hope blog readers! Much like Lauren's Hope, I have dedicated my life to helping those struggling with diabetes. I am happy to share my story with you and tell you about myself, my personal experience with T1D, and my involvement with D.R.E.A.M., the organization that my life with diabetes has brought me to become a part of. Please read this post and we can all come together as we dream for a cure and make a difference!

Have Diabetes? 5 Things To Engrave On Your Diabetes Bracelet

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I've been diagnosed with diabetes. Do I need to wear a diabetes bracelet?

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes it is important that you wear a diabetes medical alert bracelet. Your diabetes bracelet will contain important medical history and information that will help first responders, EMT's and paramedics treat you quickly. Once informed of your condition and medical needs first responders are able to efficiently and effectively offer you the best possible care. 

Diabetic Friendly and Gluten Free Holiday Cooking


I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving!  The holiday season is officially upon us, with Christmas quickly drawing near.  With December comes lots of holiday festivities that typically involve food.  Holiday cooking can be stressful and the holiday season is full of opportunities to not make the best food choices when it comes to your health.  This post will include a few healthy recipe choices as well as give you, our dear readers, the opportunity to inspire us and each other with your go-to holiday recipes. 

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