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10 Things You Should Know About Diabetes

  
  
  
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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

  
  
  
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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

  
  
  
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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. 


Raise Your Voice to Diabetes

  
  
  
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Diabetes Awareness Month

November is diabetes awareness month and if you are one of nearly 24 million people diagnosed with the disease, this month is for you.  You can help shed light on this devastating disease, bring awareness to a cause close to your heart, share an encouraging story with someone newly diagnoses or simply answer a question. 


Diabetes Alert Bracelets

  
  
  
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Are you are one of the nearly 20 million American's living with diabetes?  The use of medical alert jewelry by diabetes sufferers is a must.  Our diabetes alert bracelets are just what you need to provide caregivers with life-saving information in the time of crisis.  Sometimes just being careful to follow your prescribed diet and medication regimen is not enough to prevent a diabetic incident.  Sudden exposure to a stressful situation can cause the blood sugar to rise to a critical level requiring immediate intervention.


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