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

Posted by Tara Cohen on Aug, Fri 09, 2013

 

 

 

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. 

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Tags: free stuff friday, childrens medical id necklaces, free medical alert jewelry, diabetes emergency kits, diabetes medical IDs, T1D, #dblog, diabetes medical ID bracelet, guest blog

Free Stuff Friday With Karen Graffeo of Bitter~Sweet!

Posted by Tara Cohen on Jul, Fri 26, 2013

Today's Free Stuff Friday is a team effort with our friend, Karen Graffeo, the Type 1 Diabetes blogger behind Bitter~Sweet and Diabetes Blog Week. Recently, Karen started wearing a Lauren's Hope medical alert bracelet after avoiding medical ID jewelry for years. We're proud to say she's now a very happy Lauren's Hope fan who wears her bracelet daily! 

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Tags: diabetes, free stuff friday, diabetes medical IDs, T1D, type 1 diabetes, BitterSweet Diabetes, Free Medical Alert Bracelet, Guest Post

Courtney’s Story: Life With Diabetes in The Family

Posted by Tara Cohen on Jul, Wed 11, 2012

Growing Up With Diabetes

It started for me before I had kids. My youngest sister, Marah, was diagnosed with Diabetes when she was 5, which was in 1988. So that’s where Diabetes started with our family. Back then, it was a lot different than the way we do things now. The diet was much more restrictive. You had to eat at particular times and all that kind of stuff. My mom handled the majority of that. Because I was a young teenager, I learned how to help her manage it and knew how to give shots and all that kind of stuff.

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Tags: diabetes medical IDs, living with diabetes, family history of diabetes, diabetes online support

Story of Hope: Ryan's Path To a Diabetes Diagnosis

Posted by Tara Cohen on May, Fri 25, 2012

On June 18th, Shari, a Lauren’s Hope customer and mom of three, will mark the completion of her first year parenting a child with T1D, despite the fact that a year ago, she likely wouldn’t have known what that abbreviation meant. “We don’t have any family members with diabetes,” she says of her son, Ryan’s, diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes, “So, this really came out of left field.”

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Tags: kids diabetes alerts, diabetes medic alerts, diabetes medical IDs, diabetes medical ID bracelets

Essential Checklist for College Students with Diabetes

Posted by Emily Battmer on Aug, Tue 16, 2011

10 Tips for College Students with Diabetes
 


The transition from home to college isn’t an easy one. There are a lot of things for first-time college students to remember: things to pack, things to do, people to talk to and adjustments to make. Diabetes does not make this transition any less intimidating. You’re not just meeting your roommate – you’re greeting them with an overload of information about emergency diabetes procedures. You’re not just stocking your mini-fridge with dorm room junk food – you’re stocking it with potentially lifesaving tools. If you are moving away and heading to college, keep in mind a few simple tips to make the big shift a little bit easier.
 
1. Register with Disability Services. They’ll likely have lots of helpful information and tools for people with diabetes, and they can help you connect with other diabetic students on campus. Plus, you can get sweet perks – like letters to your professors when you need one!
2. Join a club – or start a club! When you visit the college health center, ask about diabetes communities on campus. The College Diabetes Network can give you information about chapters in your area. If there isn’t one already – start one yourself!
3. Bring a mini-fridge. Use it to store supplies, snacks, and bottled water. Let your friends and roommates know that the fridge is stocked for your specific needs, and if they want something, they’ll need to ask you first.
4. Let people know. Tell your professors, resident assistant (RA), roommate(s) and close friends that you have diabetes, and go over emergency procedures with your RA and roommates. Let your professors know sometime in the first week of class that you may need to leave occasionally to take care of yourself.
5. Keep low treatments in your bag at all times, and don’t be afraid to tell the professor how you feel if you need to leave class to treat low blood sugar.
6. Know where the vending machines are, and always have change on hand. You should always have low treatments with you, but it’s good to be prepared, just in case.
7. Be prepared to treat an insulin reaction. Keep large quantities of whatever you take for insulin reactions. The last thing you need when you are experiencing a reaction is a panicky run to the grocery store in the middle of the night.
8. Use a needle/test strip disposal container. It’s more considerate for your roommates and friends.
9. Keep three months of diabetes supplies on hand, and have an extra glucose monitor and batteries for backup. Check your stock of supplies periodically, and have your prescriptions on file at a local pharmacy.
10. Wear a medical alert bracelet. If all else fails and your diabetes gets out of control, you may need emergency medical attention. Medical ID jewelry is the quickest, most effective way to relay information about your diabetes to medical personnel. Diabetes medical ID bracelets don’t have to draw attention to your condition, however! Lauren’s Hope focuses on creating fashionable medical jewelry for college students to keep them safe and stylish while on campus.

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Tags: diabetes, diabetes education, diabetes bracelets, diabetes medical IDs

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