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Top Five Things You Should Know About Epilepsy

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Did you know November is Epilepsy Awareness Month? Yup! Of course, for a great many of our fantastic customers and fans, every month is Epilepsy Awareness Month because every day is Epilepsy Awareness Day when you or someone you love live(s) with epilepsy. In their honor, here we go with the...


Free Stuff Friday

It’s Friday. Yes, already. We checked. And what’s our favorite thing to do on Fridays? Give away free stuff! Yes! It’s time for another fabulous round of the ever-popular...FREE STUFF FRIDAY! Today, we’re giving away a FREE $50 Lauren's Hope gift certificate

What is Cardiomyopathy?

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Cardiomyopathy is a heart condition in which the heart muscle becomes weakened and enlarged. In this state, the heart is less able to efficiently and effectively pump oxygenated blood throughout the body, which causes a multitude of issues. In severe cases, cardiomyopathy can cause heart failure.

Who is "the" Lauren of Lauren's Hope Medical ID Bracelets?

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Imagine getting a compliment on your Lauren’s Hope bracelet while getting your hair done, only to find out that your stylist is THE Lauren of Lauren’s Hope! That’s just what happened to a Dallas-area woman (right) whose medical alert bracelet caught the eye of her stylist recently, because 25-year-old cosmetologist Lauren Philips can spot a Lauren’s Hope design a mile off. After all, she IS Lauren.

What Are The Most Common Medical Abbreviations?

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Every day here at Lauren's Hope, we engrave medical ID jewelry. We engrave medical ID dog tags and medical alert bracelets and medical ID plaques and on and on. Some of them are rotary engraved. Some are laser engraved with blackfill. Some are short and some are long and some are even funny or sweet or inspiring. But all of them have one thing in common: they have to be brief. 

My Lauren's Hope Medical ID Dog Tag Saved My Life

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Several months ago, I got sick. And I don't mean I got a little virus. I mean I got the, "What day is it? I can't remember the last time I ate. My fever is so high I feel cold," type of sick. Yup. The flu. 

Choosing The Right Medical ID Jewelry For Your Lifestyle

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Here at Lauren’s Hope, people call and email us every day asking how to choose the right medical ID jewelry for their particular lifestyles. It’s not always an easy decision, especially when there are so many options. So today, we’re doing a little Medical Alert Jewelry Shopping 101. Here we go…  

Real Food For Tube-Fed People


If there's one universal truth here at Lauren's Hope, it's that every single customer has a story, and most of them are pretty incredible. This is the story of Julie Bombacino, whose son, AJ, wears a Lauren's Hope medical ID bracelet

Spotlight on LeAnn Carlson

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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.

The Big Deal About Vaccines

vaccinesVaccines are almost always a hot-button issue. Who gets which vaccines, when we give them, and whether they are truly safe and effective are all topics that are constantly up for debate among laymen and medical professionals alike. It’s a complex issue, and there is no single right answer given the number of vaccines on the market and the innumerable factors that impact whether a person will experience an immediate, short-term, or long-term reaction to a vaccine. There are, however, a few things everyone should know about vaccines:
  1. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a recommended schedule of fourteen distinct vaccines, some with multiple doses, for children from birth through age 18. You can view and download a PDF of the APA’s recommended vaccine schedule here.
  2. Mild and moderate vaccine reactions are common and, while they vary from person to person and for each vaccine, typically include low-grade fever, soreness and/or warmth at the injection site, muscle and joint pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, itching, and rashes.
  3. Severe vaccine reactions are rare but do happen. These include, depending on the vaccine, deafness, death, brain damage, severe pain, bleeding, and serious allergic reactions. Sometimes, severe reactions are delayed, making it very difficult to determine whether the vaccine was, in fact, the root cause of the response. You can read up on the known reactions to any vaccine on the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  4. Not everyone gets vaccinated, and not everyone should. Some people demonstrate serious vaccine reactions, and their doctors determine that for them, the risk of further vaccination outweighs the benefits. Sometimes, a family history within the close family group (parent/child or siblings) will indicate that there is a danger in vaccinating someone. In some cases, doctors recommend a delayed vaccine schedule, for example, when a baby is sensitive to vaccines, the pediatrician may recommend spreading out the shot schedule over a longer period.
  5. The vast majority of Americans are vaccinated, and that means first responders and ER physicians typically presume people are up-to-date on their vaccinations unless told otherwise. Therefore, if you are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated, it’s important to wear medical ID jewelry that communicates your vaccination status. If you become seriously ill, medical personnel need to know that it’s possible you have an illness for which they would not typically look, polio for example, because most people are vaccinated for it. Additionally, you may need to be quarantined to protect others. Finally, if you’re only partially vaccinated because you have severe vaccine reactions, your vaccine sensitivity is an important piece of your medical history, and it’s something emergency physicians will want to know about right away.
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