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Grace's Story: How her Lauren's Hope Medical ID Bracelet Helped Her

  
  
  

We want to thank each and every person who sent us their story of how a Lauren's Hope medical ID bracelet touched their life.  It means the world to us when we get to share in your experiences.  It was practically impossible for us to choose just 1 story among so many, but we managed to narrow it down to a 7 year old girl named Grace. 

Grace's Story...

On January 9, 2009 our lives changed. Our 6 year old daughter, Grace, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. We spent five very long days in the hospital, learning to care for her. It was a shock to our family and to her. We left the hospital as different people, now coping with a lifelong chronic illness.

There was so much to absorb in those early days of diagnosis. I had to learn so much about insulin, carbohydrates, carb counting, dosing and syringes. It was enlightening and also scary. I knew no one who had a child this young with Type 1 diabetes. As I spoke with the doctors and nurses at the hospital, they all would mention that Grace should wear a medical alert bracelet of some kind now. Among all the things I now had to do, I added this to my list.
I went online. I would show Grace the bracelet and she would respond "It looks like a boy's bracelet." or "That's not pretty, like a girl would wear." She was still 6 years old. She wanted something pretty that would sparkle. As I searched, I happened onto laurenshope.com and lo and behold, there, right there, on their web page, they had sparkly bracelets. I scanned through to find the pinkest one I could find, ‘Carole's Choice' and I showed it to Grace. Her face lit up. ‘That, Mama, THAT'S a girl's bracelet. That's the one I want." I ordered it right then and there, from the hospital room.
Grace is now the proud owner of three Lauren's Hope bracelets. She wears them every day. She adores how they sparkle and look ‘girly.' As her mother, I wanted a bracelet that was a medical ID for her and also was something that she wanted to wear. I found it at Lauren's Hope. It gives me great pleasure to know I have found something that she willingly and proudly wears.


I have found strength from others in this last year with Type 1. Friends and support online that I would never have known have surfaced in our lives. People are good. It will all be OK. We will carry on with this chronic illness. I will raise a child with diabetes, not a diabetic child. The Lauren's Hope bracelet reminds me that while she has Type 1, she never stops being a little girl, who wants sparkly things.

You can read more about Grace and her journey with Diabetes on her blog: http://www.asweetgrace.blogspot.com/

Call us at 1-800-360-8680 if we can assist you, or email us at info@laurenshope.com.


Comments

What an inspirational story. It's hard enough to be diagnosed with such an illness it was so heartwarming to read that the mother wanted her daughter to still feel like a little girl. I loved the quote that she is a child with diabetes not a diabetic child.
Posted @ Thursday, June 24, 2010 7:26 AM by Lorraine Schwinn
I have been a proud customer of Lauren's Hope ID bracelets for at least the last 8 years! I love the fact that the bracelets are stylish and trendy and not the ole boring medical ID bracelets everyone else wears ;-) I've been a diabetic for 30 years and while having a chronic disease can be a hassle, I can at least alert folks to my disease by the sparkling, cute bracelets you guys create! I turned a co-worker onto your company and bought her a gift certificate (also a diabetic) and she loved the bracelet she ordered! I would be delighted to win the cranberry delight bracelet ;-) Thanks so much for thinking of the concept of cool, fun ID jewelry and keep up the good work!!!
Posted @ Friday, July 23, 2010 12:44 PM by Jackie Munson
My lovely grandaughter, Katie was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 7. After the devastating reality of helping to care for a child with a chronic ilness, our family teamed together to do what is best to be positive and care for Katie. One of the first things we did was order her a nice medical id bracelet from Lauren's hope. Katie and our family is managing Katie's illness resonably well now. I had no idea what it is like to try to keep the glucose levels consistant with all the ups and downs a young child can have. Katie is enjoying camp this week. We have recieved support from many friends some with Type 1, who explained the insuling pump and how to use it. Katie hopes to get a pump once she knows how to manage her illness without one.
Posted @ Friday, July 23, 2010 12:47 PM by Christine Cooley
I have a medical alert bracelet I ordered from Lauren's Hope following gastric bypass surgery, and I love it. I feel secure that if I am in an accident and cannot speak for myself, the emergency personnel will know what to do. I would love to win another bracelet to change up the look from time to eime.
Posted @ Friday, July 23, 2010 1:21 PM by Marilyn Naquin
About two months ago, our 18 year old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Our life has been a whirlwind since, but are beginning to get a handle on it. Some teenagers would pity themselves, but our daughter was determined not to feel sorry for herself. Her determination, attitude, and motivation are a tribute to her fine doctors but also a role model to her parents. One of the bright spots in all of this is when we came upon Lauren's Hope. Every teenage girl loves to shop and the thought that her parents would buy her beautiful jewelry brought a smile to her face. We love your merchandise and feel you are such a blessing to bring joy to many kids' lives. Thank you!
Posted @ Friday, July 23, 2010 1:22 PM by Julie Burchardt
What a wonderful story these bracelets represent. I was told about them in my diabetic education classes. I now own two of them--A sterling silver one, and a pearl one. I always receive many compliments, no matter which one I am wearing. I love them and would be proud to own the #2 bracelet represented in this e-mail. I love the sterling and the few colored beads would go with so many things I wear. Thanks!
Posted @ Friday, July 23, 2010 1:23 PM by Linda Olson
I ordered my bracelet a few months back after a FB friend shared the page with me.. I have lupus and b/c of the types of meds I take I have to wear an alert bracelet.. I'm in the process of picking out id's for 2 of my kids that have tree & peanut nut allergys and 1 child who has PDD before school starts up again. 
For me, I would love to have a different to change style and color from time to time.. I love the first bracelet, the bright pinks are alot of fun!
Posted @ Friday, July 23, 2010 1:32 PM by Dana
I'm new to the medical braclet lifestyle. I am allergic to several meds and my doctor suggested wearing a medical id, but I didn't like the "look at me" factor with the standard ids out there. I was excited to find Lauren's Hope. I have a simple silver braclet and would love adding some color - that first one would add a pop of pink in my life. I have also found that as someone has noticed my id braclet and comments on it, that it's not a big deal and I've been able to share about Laren's Hope and encourage others not to put off ordering one like I did.
Posted @ Friday, July 23, 2010 2:15 PM by Dawn
I LOVE the number 1  
 
it is so bright and HAPPY looking ! 
 
I would wear it with my everyday jeans and smile all day long :)
Posted @ Friday, July 23, 2010 2:17 PM by Liz
I have loved my ID bracelets for years now! It would be great to win #2 to replace the ones I have almost worn out from years of daily use:)
Posted @ Friday, July 23, 2010 2:36 PM by Sharon
I have enjoyed several bracelets over the years and have ordered new tags as I needed to add another item I seem to be allergic to. I love the double function of both a beautiful bracelet and medical id. I recently ordered a watch and LOVE it! Extremely functional and with a great purpose! I love the #2 bracelet above because it reminds me of a rainbow which is inspirational to me. Always a fan! Christine
Posted @ Friday, July 23, 2010 3:53 PM by Christine Adams
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