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November Story of Hope & Epilepsy Awareness Giveaway {Winner Announcement}

  
  
  

Thank you to everyone who shared our Epilepsy Awareness Story of Hope and to those who entered our giveaway.

The winner is: Leslie, "I have two daughters with epilepsy. My oldest was diagnosed at 5 and 2 1/2 years later when my little one turned the same age she had her first seizure. When we got my little one's diagnosis, the first thing she said was that she was excited to be like her big sister. I would give the bracelet to me little one because purple is her favorite color with the hope that like many things, she would share it with her sister."

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This post is brought to you by a special customer of ours, Lisa and her daughter Sophie.  Sophie was diagnosed with Epilepsy a little over a year ago and would like to share her story of hope and help bring awareness to Epilepsy. 

sophie weiss

When was Sophie diagnosed?

My daughter Sophie, was diagnosed 17 months ago.  I had noticed her drifting off and her eyes wandering up for at least a year and no one else had seen it or believed me.  It wasn't until she fell while standing still that I decided to call her pediatrician and get her input.  She referred me to a neurologist and he sent Sophie for an EEG even before seeing her. 

How was Sophie diagnosed?

The EEG included attaching electrodes to Sophie's head to monitor brain waves, and the use of flashing lights and having Sophie blowing on a pinwheel, hyperventilating to try and trigger seizures.  From the EEG and other symptoms he concluded Sophie has childhood absence epilepsy. 

epilepsy awareness How have you handled the diagnosis?

It has been a long and difficult road for treatment and medication is done on a trial and error basis.  A medicine that works for one person will have a totally different effect on another. For Sophie, we have not yet found a cocktail that controls her seizures.  Sophie's diagnosis has been difficult for our family and also in school.  Absence seizures are not grand mal type seizures and some people do not see them and therefore, doubt her diagnosis and the frequency that she has seizures.  Her teacher's have had to watch carefully and repeat directions often for Sophie.  At home her sisters have had to become more aware of their surroundings so they can help keep her safe. 

Sophie's seizures are unpredictable and have changed since her diagnosis. This is common for epileptics and no one knows whether or not her seizures will grow into grand mal seizures or if Sophie will outgrow her epilepsy. We like to hope that soon we will have control of Sophie's epilepsy and it will no longer have control over her.

Where can others go to learn more about Epilepsy?

EpilepsyFoundation.org is a great resource for anything epilepsy related for parents, teacher's and anyone else who may want to get more knowledge.

Does Sophie wear a medical ID?

Sophie wears a beautiful Lauren's Hope bracelet!  We inscribed her name, first and last her meds, and both my phone number and my husbands phone number on it.

In honor of Epilepsy Awareness month we're hosting a giveaway!  We'd like to give away the following beautiful purple medical ID bracelet to someone with Epilepsy in the hopes that it keeps you safe while brightening your day.  This giveaway is for the following bracelet strand only.  Giveaway ends Monday, November 21, 2011.

A244 purple lipgloss no tag

 

A244 Purple Lipgloss Medical ID Bracelet

In order to enter this giveaway please do the following:

1. Leave a comment letting us know who this Epilepsy Awareness bracelet is for. {mandatory}

2. Sign up for our sale, giveaway and promo code email offers and leave a comment letting me know you did. {+1 entry}

3. Share this Epilepsy Awareness giveaway on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did. {+1 entry}

4. Like Lauren's Hope on Facebook and leave a comment. {+1 entry}

5. Tweet about this Epilepsy Awareness Giveaway. "I just entered a Lauren's Hope Epilepsy Awareness Giveaway!"  Tweet This! {+1 entry}

This giveaway is now closed.


Comments

This bracelet would be for myself. I have had Epilepsy since I was 18 months old, but have had it under control, and haven't had a seizure for about a year. :)
Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 11:33 AM by Kayla Kidwell
Thank you for sharing your story! My daughter, Chloe, was diagnosed with epilepsy this past September. she is currently on one med that has controlled nut not eliminated her seizures. She was having hundreds a day and we are now seeing one or two every few weeks. the meds are hard though!!! We are very new to all of this!!! That bracelet is adorable! Chloe would love it! Will it be for sale as well?
Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:58 PM by Amy Smith
I shared this on Facebook.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 1:08 PM by Amy Smith
Wow what a beautiful bracelet. I would give this bracelet to my daughter. She is 7 years old. She was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 5 and 5 months later was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. November is a special month for her as it is both Diabetes and Epilepsy awareness.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 2:11 PM by Kelly Harp
I shared this on facebook.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 2:13 PM by Kelly Harp
This bracelet is for me. I was diagnosed last year, at 50 years old with Epilepsy. It has turned my world upside down but learning to live with it and moving forward.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 3:49 PM by Lori McDermott
I have epilepsy and don't have the money to get a bracelet. I have wanted one for sometime but never have the money. I live on disability alone which isn't near enough. I hope I can win a bracelet because I really need one
Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 6:32 PM by Ruth Ann Bickerstaff
I love the color purple!! I have been diagnosed with epilepsy since I was 2 months old. And now am 19, and still suffer with seizures.  
 
I recently had a seizure and had my bracelet stole, but unfortunely because of seizures cant hold a job so I cant get money to buy a new one. I would love to get a new one for free. Especially this one, because it is purple and is it Epilepsy awareness month, and I have it!! 
 
Please consider hard and carefully for me to get the bracelet!!
Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 6:55 PM by Emily Schreiber
I did post on facebook and twitter as well!!
Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 6:56 PM by Emily Schreiber
My 7 year old granddaughter, Brianna would just love to receive this great looking bracelet. She has both epilepsy and Type 1 Diabetes.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 9:18 PM by Bill Hull
I would love to get this bracelet for my daughter!
Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 9:32 PM by lisa
I have two daughters with epilepsy. My oldest was diagnosed at 5 and 2 1/2 years later when my little one turned the same age she had her first seizure. When we got my little one's diagnosis, the first thing she said was that she was excited to be like her big sister. I would give the bracelet to me little one because purple is her favorite color with the hope that like many things, she would share it with her sister.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:18 PM by Leslie
My granddaughter would just love this bracelet (purple is her favorite color.) It is not only beautiful but would identify that she does in fact have Epilepsy. She also has Type 1 Diabetes. Both were diagnosed 3 years ago. She is our HERO for being so brave!!
Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:24 PM by Marilyn Hull
The bracelet would be for myself , I've had epilepsy for the last 15 years . I've went as far as having the awareness ribbon tattooed on the inside of my arm but it's funny how many people still ask "what's that" . I have narcalepsy and partial and in the 15 years I've never been under control .
Posted @ Thursday, November 17, 2011 7:28 AM by April
My daughter Erin, now 8, was diagnosed with complex partial epilepsy in June. In addition to that she has aspergers. She was diagnosed with Eosinophilic esophagitis earlier this year too and we just started a food elimination diet in August (no milk, eggs, chicken or rye.) she needs a bracelet, and I love this one!!!!
Posted @ Thursday, November 17, 2011 1:20 PM by Joellyn
Wow! I did not even realize this was a give-away. I was just interested in Sophie's story. I nearly cried when I read it. It is so very similar to my daughter's story. She was diagnosed in August 2011 with absense seizures as well. My daughter will be 11 in a few days. Her symptoms sound just like Sophie's. My daughter is still angry over the diagnosis and the fact that she has to take medication. I have finally convinced her that there are pretty and unique ways to wear Medical ID. She is at the stage that she does not want anyone to know that she has epilepsy and is afraid she will be "different" 5th grade is tough!! In searching for Medical ID options I have found your site. THANK YOU. I needed to read Sophie's story and to know and understand and feel that we are not alone. This beautiful bracelet would be for my beautiful daughter, Rosalee, because she has epilepsy. Thank you!
Posted @ Friday, November 18, 2011 11:29 AM by Laura Reavis
I have a great niece who is 9 yrs old that has epilepsy. The bracelet would be for her. I liked Lauren's Hope on FB, shared about this on my FB page & signed up for the email offers. May God bless Lauren in her battle with epilepsy. God bless her family also.
Posted @ Saturday, November 19, 2011 4:16 PM by Wendy Rivers
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