When you call Lauren's Hope, there's a pretty good chance you'll speak with Christy Osborn, Customer Service Representative Extraordinaire and all-around awesome lady. So, who's the person behind the smiling voice on the phone? Here's the inside scoop on Christy, who's been a cheerful part of the LH team for almost two years.
Malignant Hyperthermia (MH) is a life-threatening disorder affecting 1 in every 2,000 - 3,000 people. This primarily hereditary condition is considered a, "pharmacogenetic disorder of the skeletal muscle." In layman's terms, having MH means you are susceptible to having an MH crisis. According to the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States, "The general signs of the MH crisis include increased heart rate, greatly increased body metabolism, muscle rigidity and/or fever that may exceed 110 degrees F along with muscle breakdown, derangements of body chemicals and increased acide content in the blood. Severe complications can include cardiac arrest, brain damage, internal bleeding or failure of other body systems. Thus, death, primarily due to a secondary cardiovascular collapse, can result."
Considering Lung Cancer is the second most common adult cancer* the odds are that most people’s lives have been touched by this horrible disease at some point. A couple of years back, I wrote about my friend, Dianne, and how she fought Lung Cancer with a strength and resolve the likes of which I may never see again. I think about Dianne often. I miss her. True, it’s different now, almost three years after her death. But still, I miss her.
It’s November, and although we talk about Epilepsy throughout the year here at Lauren’s Hope, we like to make a special point to raise some extra awareness this time of year, as November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. Want to join in?
Lauren's Hope is a constantly evolving, growing organization with countless moving parts. Heading up the organization of all of those spinning plates is Sari Cantrell, Operations Manager and jack-of-all-trades around the office who is just as often found fixing a computer or developing infrastructure as she is working on our website, helping customers, managing inventory, and pitching in wherever else she's needed. We sat down this morning to chat about her first 18 months here at LH.
When people think of reasons a person would wear medical ID jewelry, they typically list things like diabetes, food allergies, drug allergies, epilepsy, heart conditions, and Alzheimer's. And while all of these conditions are important reasons to wear medical alert jewelry, there is one group of conditions that is largely overlooked: mental health disorders.
What’s better than a Friday in summer? A FREE STUFF FRIDAY in summer! And better than that, today’s FREE STUFF FRIDAY brings TWO great prizes for one lucky winner! Read on!
Talking about health care surrogates, power of attorney representatives, medical proxies, and advance directives is something most people avoid. It’s natural to think we have time to deal with these issues or say, “Oh, I really need to look into that someday.” The truth is, “someday” often gets pushed off again and again until it’s really too late.
Recently, we introduced our readers to some new friends of ours, the folks at the Kids With Courage Foundation. Kids With Courage is a Kansas City-area nonprofit organization that supports kids with Type 1 Diabetes and their families. With year-round support, education, social, and resource-oriented events the all-volunteer team at KWC are busy people. Add to that their annual One Inspired Evening Gala and their signature Crates Full of Courage efforts, through which they provide outstanding resources and much-needed support to newly diagnosed families at Children's Mercy Hospital, and you've got one amazing organization.
Lauren’s Hope Medical ID Jewelry was founded after CEO and Owner, LeAnn Carlson, created a stylish, interchangeable medical alert bracelet for a teenage girl with Type 1 Diabetes who simply refused to wear the unattractive, uncomfortable medical alert jewelry of the past. Since making that very first bracelet in 2001, Type 1 Diabetes has remained a high priority here at Lauren’s Hope. In addition to regularly attending diabetes events in our community; sending gift certificates, donations, and other forms of support to diabetes-related events and organizations around the world; and making a concerted effort to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes on a regular basis, Lauren’s Hope has donated well over $100,000 to the JDRF. When we say T1D is important around here, we really do mean it.