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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.
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.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD for short, is one of the most commonly diagnosed lung diseases. There are two primary forms of COPD:
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.
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.
When we interview EMTs and other first responders for the Lauren’s Hope blog, it’s usually to get their front-lines perspective on what works best in an emergency when it comes to medical alert jewelry. For instance, a firefighter we interviewed explained that medical condition tattoos are generally quite ineffective because EMTs simply don’t look for them, they’re hard to see in some scenarios, and so many people have tattoos that a medical tattoo simply would not stand out. Others have explained that having your child wear an ICE (In Case of Emergency) ID is a great idea even for kids without medical concerns because kids don’t carry identification cards, and having that ICE information handy enables faster parent and caregiver notifications in an emergency.
When people choose to have weight loss surgery, medical alert jewelry isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. But for people who have had gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery, or other weight loss surgeries, wearing a medical ID can be truly life-saving. Yakima, Washington resident Jenny Holland, 40, who had gastric bypass surgery in 2005, agrees:
An extremely rare disorder, septo optic dysplasia is a congenital disorder in which the optic nerves do not properly develop during gestation. Also called optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH) or DeMorsier Syndrome, septo optic dysplasia is characterized by underdeveloped nerves between the eyes and the brain, brain structure abnormalities, and, commonly, an underperforming pituitary gland. Because septo optic dysplasia impacts so many different bodily functions, children with this disorder need a whole team of medical professionals to help them reach their personal potential:
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