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Developing Allergies at 40

Posted by Tara Cohen on Jan, Wed 14, 2015

So, I'm turning 40 this year, and overall, I'm good with that. To me, 40 is an achievement. I've earned 40. It's a number I'll wear with pride. 

I'm not thrilled that my night vision isn't the same as it used to be, and I'm more than a little annoyed at the adults who lied to me at 15 when they said acne was just a teenager thing. But overall, even the little health changes like these aren't a big issue. I'm almost 40, and it's pretty fabulous. 

The one thing that does seem to be an actual problem, however, is my allergies. As a child, I had lots of allergies. My poor mom was a parent pre-EpiPens, so she learned to carry (and force me to take) Benadryl at the first sign of a reaction. She dutifully suffered through holding me down for the allergist's scratch tests. She dragged me to the pediatrician every. single. week. for my allergy shots. She dealt with it, and so did I. I'm pretty sure, looking back, that it was worse for her than it was for me, as I was no picnic when it came to doctors and shots. Side note: call Mom more often.

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Tags: allergy bracelet, allergy alert bracelet, allergy medical alert bracelet, allergies, allergy, food allergies, drug allergies, ALLERGY ALERT, allergy testing, adult-onset food allergies

Plan an Allergy-Friendly Halloween

Posted by Brittany McNeal on Oct, Wed 22, 2014

Halloween is definitely one of my favorite nights of the year. I love seeing all the youngsters out and about in my neighborhood wearing their spooky, cute, and funny costumes.

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Tags: Halloween, celiac disease, peanut allergy, tree nut allergy, food allergy, food allergies, diabetic, ketogenic, halloween with allergies, peanut allergies, tree nut allergies, wheat allergy

Safety Tips For College Students with Chronic Health Conditions

Posted by Brittany McNeal on Aug, Fri 15, 2014

As the fall semester approaches, it’s easy to look straight forward to purchasing textbooks, moving into and furnishing your new dorm or apartment, and the fun times you will have with new friends. But for those of us with health issues that impact our daily lives, there are a few extra things that should be put on our new semester checklists before we get to all that other fun stuff.

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Tags: college, college with diabetes, college with health issues, college with chronic illness, food allergy medical id, Medical ID Jewelry, food allergy, medical ID, food allergies, Diabetes Medical ID

Summer Barbecue Fun & Safety

Posted by Brittany McNeal on May, Tue 27, 2014

When it comes to Summer, aside from the warm weather and pretty flowers, my favorite part is cooking out with friends and family. Since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, however, I look at barbecues a bit differently. Instead of seeing a delicious spread of potato salad, coleslaw, and chips, I see unknown cooking surfaces, mystery seasonings, and cross-contamination risks.

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Tags: food allergy safety, food allergy, food allergy bracelets, food allergies, food allergy alert bands for kids, food allergy alert jelly bands, food allergy medical IDs, food allergy medical alert bracelet, summer, summer medical ids, gluten free living, gluten intolerance, gluten alert medical id bracelet, gluten allergy alert bracelet, barbecue, barbeque, BBQ, gluten sensitivity, Gluten Free, gluten

May 11-17 is Food Allergy Awareness Week

Posted by Brittany McNeal on May, Fri 16, 2014

May 11-17 is National Food Allergy Awareness Week. Nearly 6 million children live with Food Allergies— That’s one in 12.

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Tags: food allergy safety, food allergy, food allergy bracelets, food allergy bag tags, food allergies, food allergies and schools, food allergy alert bands for kids, food allergy alert jelly bands, food allergy medical IDs, food allergy medical alert bracelet, food allergy awareness, food allergy awareness month

Top Ten Tips For A Safe Halloween

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Mon 28, 2013

Lately, we've talked a bit here on the Lauren's Hope blog about creating an allergy-friendly or chocolate-free Halloween: wearing medical alert jewelry while trick-or-treating, talking with teachers and caregivers, planning special food and non-food treats, and so on. For kids with food allergies, epilepsy, type one diabetes, special needs, and chronic health conditions, there are a lot of considerations this time of year, however, there are lots of things we can also do to keep everyone -- those with medical conditions and not -- safe this Halloween.

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Tags: Halloween, epilepsy, safety, T1D, autism, food allergy safety, allergies, allergy, type one diabetes, food allergies

A Pre-Halloween Safety Guide

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Mon 07, 2013

Halloween is a fun time, filled with treats and crafts and excitement. For adults and children with chronic conditions such as food allergies, type one diabetes, autism, or epilepsy, however, Halloween is sometimes a little scary, and not in the fun way. Protecting our kids and ourselves from the very real dangers of this fun season can be a real challenge, which means planning ahead is essential.

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Tags: Halloween, epilepsy, safety, T1D, autism, food allergy safety, allergies, allergy, type one diabetes, food allergies

Food Allergy Bullying: A Disturbing Trend

Posted by Tara Cohen on Jun, Wed 05, 2013

As the incidence of food allergies continues to grow in American kids, a related trend has appeared: food allergy bullying. It's certainly tough enough being a kid, and a kid with food allergies, without having to contend with bullying as well. According to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), however, one third of kids with food allergies experience bullying because of their food allergies. Worse still, an estimated half of these incidents go unreported to parents, who are therefore often unaware of the problem, which means kids continue to be bullied.

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Tags: Medical ID Jewelry, allergy alert bracelet, allergies, food allergies, food allergy medical alert bracelet, allergy bullying, FARE

Top Ten Reasons People Wear Medical ID Jewelry

Posted by Jenna White on Feb, Wed 27, 2013

Top Ten Reasons People Wear Medical ID Jewelry

Millions of people wear medical ID necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and charms every day, and they all have a reason for doing so. Here at Lauren’s Hope, because we make fully customizable, interchangeable medical ID bracelets, we see all sorts of different engraving requests. Here’s our list of the top ten reasons people wear medical ID jewelry.

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Tags: diabetes, epilepsy, Medical ID Jewelry, gastric bypass, food allergies, caregivers, drug allergies, kids, athletes, disability, alzheimers

Six Tips For Keeping Kids With Food Allergies Safe

Posted by Jenna White on Feb, Wed 13, 2013

Here are six tips for keeping kids with food allergies safe.

Living with food allergies is not easy for adults. It’s even tougher when your child has food allergies because kids have a harder time identifying safe and unsafe foods and avoiding cross-contaminated surfaces. However, there are some simple steps you can take to help safeguard your child and avoid allergic reactions.

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Tags: food allergies, food allergy medical IDs, medical alerts for food allergies

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