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Cystic Fibrosis Requires Medical ID Jewelry!

  
  
  
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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.


What You Need To Know About Parkinson’s Disease

  
  
  
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Parkinson’s disease is an incurable, progressive nervous system disorder impacting movement. Treatment typically includes medications that alleviate some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s. In some cases, brain surgery can also help alleviate some symptoms, but again, this is not a cure.


A Bit About COPD

  
  
  
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD for short, is one of the most commonly diagnosed lung diseases. There are two primary forms of COPD:


What is a Seizure Disorder?

  
  
  
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People have seizures when their brain cells send out abnormal signals via electrical impulses. When this happens on a recurring basis, it is called epilepsy. Epilepsy is a seizure disorder more common in adults but also found in children. Some children outgrow their epilepsy, while others live with this disorder their entire lives. 


A Special Giveaway With Arden's Day!

  
  
  
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Scott Benner is a stay-at-home dad turned blogger whose adventures in parenting are both touchingly and humorously relatable to nearly all parents, regardless of their children's medical conditions. On Scott's blog, Arden's Day, he's celebrating six years of blogging this week, which is a great way to cap off a summer filled with rave reviews for his first book, Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal. For his blog-iversary, he's been posting quite a bit all week, and we are thrilled that he's finishing the celebrations off by giving away two signed copies of his book here on the Lauren's Hope blog! Both winners will also receive one of our fantastic interchangeable or adjustable paracord medical alert bracelets in his or her choice of colors or a Swiss Army Dog Tag medical alert necklace! Learn how to enter at the end of this post!
So, without further ado... welcome to FREE STUFF FRIDAY with Scott Benner, who recently tested the medical ID jewelry waters again for his daughter AND started wearing a caregiver ID himself! 

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Hello. My Name is...

  
  
  
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For many children and teens, going back to school or heading to "Meet The Teacher" events is a bit intimidating and overwhelming. Kids feel nervous or anxious about a new school year, and for shy children in particular, those first few weeks of learning new names, places, and people can be truly challenging. For children with health care concerns such as Type 1 Diabetes, food allergies, asthma, or chronic illness, this can be harder, as even confident teens are often uncomfortable simply walking up to a new teacher and saying, "Hi. My name is Sally, and I have a peanut allergy." That's not the first conversation they want to have, even though it's such an important topic. They don't want to be defined by their diagnoses or thought of as, "The Diabetic Kid." Their health care status may not be information they want to share in front of other people right away, but they do need to communicate it to the teacher. 


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.


It's a Back-To-School Free Stuff Friday!

  
  
  
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Who loves Friday? That's right. EVERYONE.

Who loves Free Stuff? Again, yup, EVERYONE.

Who loves Free Stuff on a Friday?

Let me check. Oh, right. Absolutely EVERYONE. 

So this week, if it's even possible, Free Stuff Friday is even BETTER than usual because we have a super duper amazing and fantastic back-to-school guest blog from the always-fab Denise, aka Mom of Bean, the T1D blogger behind My Sweet Bean and Her Pod. Are you following her blog? Because you should be. It's that awesome


Having A Pacemaker Means You Need Medical ID Jewelry!

  
  
  
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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.


Rose Gold Medical Alert Jewelry: Always On Trend

  
  
  
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Rose gold. There's something so refined, simple, and elegant about it. Rose gold can be dressed up or down, goes from day to evening, and really goes with just about everything. It's the Little Black Dress of medical alert jewelry. 


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.
Do you wear a vaccine-related medical ID bracelet? We want to hear from you



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