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How To Choose The Right Medical ID

Posted by Tara Cohen on Nov, Tue 22, 2016

Medical ID jewelry used to be pretty straightforward. It was metal, plain, and honestly boring or unattractive. When Lauren’s Hope produced the very first stylish, interchangeable medical ID bracelet in 2001, we changed all of that. We gave people high quality, attractive options and turned something people often felt was an unwanted tag or label they had to wear into something beautiful people truly want to wear. The flip side: There are so many options! How is a person to choose!?

Look no further for answers! We’ve got a handy rundown for you of the different types of medical IDs to help you choose the best ID for you.

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Tags: Medical ID Jewelry, medical ID bracelet, medical ids, choose a medical ID, medical ID necklace

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

#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

Free Stuff Friday With Kyle Dine & Lauren’s Hope

Posted by Guest Author on Oct, Fri 16, 2015

THANK YOU FOR VISITING! THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED, AND THE WINNER HAS BEEN LISTED BELOW.

CHECK BACK SOON FOR MORE!

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And our winner is... Christina Ortiz! Congratulations, Christina! Please email tara@laurenshope.com to claim your prizes!

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Today's Free Stuff Friday features a guest blog post by Allergy Awareness Entertainer, Kyle Dine! 

You are entering to win a $50 Lauren's Hope Medical ID Jewelry Gift Certificate 

~AND~

A copy of Kyle's AWESOME new Allergy Awareness DVD in which he (and his puppets!) wear LH gear!

Entering is easy! Each activity will earn you one entry, and we will randomly select a winner to be announced Monday, October 19, 2015. All entries must be received by midnight Sunday night. And  of course, there are some rules, which you can read here

1. Leave an allergy safety tip in the comments below.

2. Visit and "like" Lauren's Hope on Facebook.

3. Visit and "like" Kyle Dine & Friends on Facebook.

It's that simple! And now, a super fun guest post from Kyle Dine!

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Tags: medical ids, medical alert jewelry, food allergy safety, food allergy, ALLERGY ALERT, Kyle Dine

What You Need To Know About Blood Thinners

Posted by Brittany McNeal on Aug, Tue 12, 2014

Blood thinners are a very commonly prescribed medication in the US. If you have a type of heart or blood vessel disease or if you have inadequate blood flow to the brain, your doctor has probably prescribed some variety of blood thinner to help treat your symptoms. Blood thinners work to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by reducing the formation of blood clots in your arteries and veins.

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Tags: blood thinners, on blood thinners, warfarin, heparin, medical ids, medical ID

The Grant Family: Lives Touched by LEOPARD Syndrome

Posted by Tara Cohen on Apr, Fri 26, 2013

Imagine being one of only two or three hundred people in the entire world with your diagnosis.

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Tags: medical ids, medical alert bracelets, advocacy, LEOPARD syndrome, Noonan syndrome

Five Things You Need To Know About PTSD

Posted by Tara Cohen on Apr, Fri 12, 2013

Five Things You Need To Know About PTSD

PTSD is a term we hear used in the media a lot these days. As the public’s understanding about and compassion toward mental health conditions improves, and as we as a nation have dealt with numerous natural and manmade disasters, particularly in the last decade, the national conversation about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has become an ongoing dialog. It’s important to understand some basics about PTSD so we can understand the issues at hand, provide appropriate support to those living with this disorder, and dispel myths that prevent people from getting the help they need and deserve.

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Tags: medical ids, medical alert jewelry, PTSD, PTSD medical ID jewelry, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Why Do People With Asthma Need To Wear Medical ID Jewelry?

Posted by Tara Cohen on Mar, Wed 20, 2013

Why Do People With Asthma Need To Wear Medical ID Jewelry?

Asthma is a fairly common condition, slightly more prevalent in children than adults and more common in girls and women than in boys and men. Nearly 8% of the US population has asthma, although the severity of the condition varies by person. As well, the prevalence varies regionally and by ethnic group.

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Tags: Medical ID Jewelry, medical ids, asthma

Five Signs of Von Willebrand’s Disease

Posted by Tara Cohen on Mar, Mon 18, 2013

Five Signs of Von Willebrand’s Disease

Von Willebrand’s Disease, sometimes called “Von Willebrand Disease” or simply “Von Willebrand’s,” is a form of Hemophilia. It is a genetic bleeding disorder found in people who lack the Von Willebrand factor in the blood, which is responsible for helping platelets clump up together when forming blood clots. There are several different types of Von Willebrand Disease, and they are all grouped together under the Hemophilia umbrella group, along with Hemophilia A and Hemophilia B. There are a variety of treatments available, but not all treatments are effective.

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Tags: medical ids, von willebrand's disease

Life After a Celiac Disease Diagnosis Can Be Sweet

Posted by Emily Battmer on Jun, Fri 24, 2011

Bagels, bread, crackers, pizza, pasta - imagine life without any of these things. It may sound unbearable, but for the 1 in 133 people in the United States that suffer from Celiac Disease, this is their daily reality.

“I screen my food more than most people could ever imagine. Even a crumb, a contaminated cutting board, or someone drinking out of my glass can (and has) made me sick!” says Cynthia Green, one of our very own bracelet designers who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2007.

Celiac Disease is a lifelong autoimmune condition. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten (like the foods listed above), it creates a toxic reaction that damages the small intestine and doesn’t allow food to be absorbed properly. Gluten is the name of a protein that is found in wheat and related grains, and is very harmful to certain people. The only real treatment for Celiac Disease is a strict, gluten-free diet.

However, eating gluten-free doesn’t have to lower quality of life. People with Celiac Disease can often eat the same things other people eat, if they can find a gluten-free alternative. Thanks to companies who make gluten-free substitutions for dietary staples, people with Celiac Disease are able to lead normal, healthy lives.

“I have learned to make my most favorite foods gluten-free, and I know it doesn't do any good to feel sorry for myself! Having a good attitude, though it's hard right after diagnosis, makes a big difference,” Cynthia advises. “After some culinary experimenting, I get along just fine and don't even think about what I'm ‘missing’ as I make yummy dinners for me and my family.”

Since switching to a gluten-free diet, Cynthia says she has had more energy, has become more active, and has lost weight. She has met and formed relationships with people who share her condition. In fact, one of her gluten-free friends introduced her to the man that would later become her husband!

“Having Celiac Disease is definitely life-changing, but not necessarily negative. You never know what good things it will bring to your life as well. For me, it brought the two things that matter the most to me: my health and my new family.”

If you are sensitive to gluten or suffer from Celiac Disease or a wheat allergy, you should engrave that information on a medical ID tag to alert medical personnel to your condition. Check with your doctor to see what they recommend you have engraved on your medical ID. Here are a few examples of what you could engrave on your medical ID tag if you have Celiac Disease:

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Tags: what to engrave for celiac disease, celiac disease ids, medical ids, celiac disease

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