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Do I Need A Medical ID?

Posted by Tara Cohen on Nov, Tue 15, 2016

If you’re asking, then odds are the answer is yes. Wearing medical ID jewelry, particularly when it is custom engraved with your specific information, is a simple daily habit that can make a huge difference in an emergency. If you’re not sure, ask yourself:

Are you at risk of your health condition(s) causing an emergency? For instance, people with Type 1 Diabetes are at risk of having a low blood glucose event, which can cause a variety of symptoms, including (but of course not limited to) disorientation, loss of balance and coordination, and loss of consciousness. Wearing a medical ID bracelet custom engraved with your name, diagnosis, treatment instructions/considerations, and emergency contact information can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of that event. If a first responder knows immediate that s/he is seeing a diabetic emergency, s/he can jump straight to checking glucose numbers and treating you rather than doing detective work to figure out what’s going on. Says Jeremy*, an EMT and Santa Barbara City Fire Department Engineer, “It really speeds up the decision-making process [as we] try to, One: See what the problem is, and, Two: Try to correct it. If it’s something as simple as diabetes, if we give someone sugar, in less than a minute, they can be sitting up and talking to us. But if we don’t know they have diabetes, there’s a longer process to go through [...] One of the most important things is patient history, and any medical problems that are on that bracelet are huge clues [as we’re determining] what’s going on with that person.”

Even before first responders arrive, if a Good Samaritan reads your medical ID to a 911 dispatcher, they can immediately start providing better guidance to those attempting to assist you until medical professionals arrive.

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Tags: diabetes, Medical Alert, medical ids, type 1 diabetes, medical ID

GIVEAWAY! Live stylishly with Lauren's Hope & Myabetic

Posted by Tara Cohen on May, Thu 26, 2016

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, AND THE WINNER IS POSTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST. CHECK BACK SOON FOR MORE FUN EVENTS!**

ENTER TO WIN A MYABETIC BAG AND A LAUREN'S HOPE MEDICAL ID BRACELET!

Your medical conditions don't define you or your style. You do. That's always been at the heart of what we do at Lauren's Hope Medical ID Jewelry. We help people shed labels and choose medical ID bracelets and necklaces that can protect them while allowing the flexibility and style options we all want in our daily lives. So, imagine our excitement when we met the awesome folks over at Myabetic! These fashionably fab folks have a huge lineup of diabetes supply cases for women, men, and kids from traditional zippered cases to super cute evening bags the most fashionable of fashionistas would love to carry! Check out these two fab ladies ready for an evening out with their Myabetic clutches and
LH medical ID bracelets! Read on to find out how you can WIN BIG from Lauren's Hope and Myabetic!

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Tags: diabetes, type 2 diabetes, medical ID bracelet, Contest, Giveaway, free medical ID jewelry, t1 diabetes, myabetic, diabetes supply kits

#momentofhope Thursday: Ashley

Posted by Quinn Mills on Mar, Thu 31, 2016

 For our customer Ashley, a simple trip to Target soon turned into an unexpected moment of hope. Thanks to an observant passerby, her medical ID came in handy when she least expected it:

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Tags: diabetes, Medical Alert, medical ids, type 1 diabetes, medical ID, diabetic, diabetes story of hope, #momentofhope

The New Normal: A Guest Post by Grace Dolan

Posted by Guest Author on Aug, Mon 17, 2015

“The New Normal”

A special guest post by Grace Dolan


Friday the Thirteenth is the most dreaded day for many people. However, when I woke up early on Friday the Thirteenth in March of 2015 to get ready for my district debate competition, I wasn’t thinking about the date. I was thinking two things:

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Tags: diabetes, Medical ID Jewelry, T1D, type 1 diabetes, story of hope, customer story

Beyond Type 1 and Type 2

Posted by Tara Cohen on Jun, Wed 17, 2015

When people think of Diabetes, they typically think of Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease in which the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas no longer function. This condition has no cure currently, and people with Type 1 Diabetes are insulin-dependent as a result. Some people still call Type 1 by its former name, Juvenile Diabetes, which is where the JDRF gets its name, but Type 1 is the more common, modern moniker.

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Tags: diabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes, type one diabetes, diabetes alert, diabetes alert id bracelets, type two diabetes, diabetes alert bracelets for women, type 3 diabetes, type three diabetes, type 1.5 diabetes, diabetes variants, type one and a half diabetes, type 1 1/2 diabetes, LADA diabetes, diabetes and alzheimer's

Planning Summer Fun For Special Kids

Posted by Tara Cohen on May, Mon 19, 2014

Whether you're cheering or groaning over the end of the school year, it's here, and for parents of children with chronic health conditions or special needs (as, let's face it, with everything else for us), there's extra work to do. As the mom of a third grader with severe, nonverbal autism and the mom of a first grader with a chocolate allergy, I'm not just wrapping up the year and looking forward to summer vacation. I'm doing year-end IEP meetings and coordinating with summer camp personnel to make appropriate arrangements for their care all summer long. Don't get me wrong. We have a healthy dose of FUN planned for the summer, but making that happen ... well, it just takes a bit more planning when you're a special-needs parent. 

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Tags: diabetes, autism, allergies, allergy, 504 plan, IEP, special needs, medical alert jewelry for kids, summer, summer camp

Our Diabetes Blog Week Gifts To You!

Posted by Tara Cohen on May, Wed 14, 2014

This week marks the Fifth Annual Diabetes Blog Week, headed up by one of our favorite DBloggers and a true DOC leader, Karen Graffeo of Bitter~Sweet Diabetes. Diabetes Blog Week is an inspiring, empowering week during which upwards of 175 DOC bloggers join together and commit to blogging daily on a set of pre-determined topics.

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Tags: diabetes, T1D, #dblog, type 1 diabetes, Karen Graffeo, Diabetes Blog Week, DBlogger, DBlogWeek, BitterSweet Diabetes

Holiday Recipes For ALL!

Posted by Tara Cohen on Dec, Mon 23, 2013

It's Christmas. For many, that means presents, family, and lots and lots of food. When you're cooking for a family that includes people with food allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, diabetes, Celiac disease, other health conditions, or special diets such as gluten-free or paleo, preparing those holiday feasts can be a little overwhelming. Fortunately, we've got some great ideas right here on the Lauren's Hope blog to help keep everyone safe AND well-fed this holiday season.

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Tags: diabetes, celiac, allergy-friendly, holiday, cooking, paleo, diabetic, baking, Christmas, dinner

Awareness Ribbons and Medical IDs: A Color for Every Condition

Posted by Tara Cohen on Nov, Mon 25, 2013

People often want to wear the colors associated with their conditions.  For example, here at Lauren's Hope, we receive messages from people with Multiple Sclerosis asking for more orange bracelets and from people with Addison's Disease asking for more light blue bracelets.  People with Epilepsy request purple, as do those with lupus and fibromyalgia. Wearing the color associated with one's condition is an empowering choice, one that helps people raise awareness in a positive, intentional way.

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Tags: diabetes, Addison's Disease, cancer medical alert bracelet, Awareness Ribbons, Color, Disease, Condition

FREE STUFF FRIDAY WITH SCOTT BENNER!

Posted by Tara Cohen on Nov, Fri 15, 2013

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All week long, we've been talking, posting, tweeting, and sharing about World Diabetes Day, which was Thursday, November 14. To wrap up this special week and continue our Diabetes Awareness Month efforts, we've asked one of our favorite authors to join us for Free Stuff Friday: Scott Benner of the blog Arden's Day and the award-winning memoir, Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Dad. Check out the end of this post for entry instructions. TWO LUCKY WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A $50 LAUREN'S HOPE GIFT CERTIFICATE AND A SIGNED COPY OF SCOTT'S BOOK! 

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Tags: diabetes, T1D, #dblog, guest blog, diabetes medical alert bracelet, Arden's Day, free, diabetes awareness month, Scott Benner

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