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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

Giving Back: Supporting Our Local Type 1 Diabetes Community

Posted by Tara Cohen on Nov, Tue 08, 2016

Fifteen years ago, a teenage girl with Type 1 Diabetes inspired the design of the very first stylish, interchangeable medical ID bracelet. That was Lauren. And that first little group of bracelets she received as a gift from her mom’s friend was the beginning of Lauren’s Hope.

Today, we carry hundreds of medical ID jewelry styles for men, women, and kids with all manner of medical conditions all over the world. But in the beginning, we started with Type 1. That’s one of the many reasons why the Type 1 Diabetes community is so dear to us as a team and why giving back to Type 1 organizations nationwide is so core to who we are as a company. As we get into Diabetes Awareness Month, we hope you’ll join us in supporting the Type 1 community, not only today, but all year long.

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Tags: type 1 diabetes, kids with courage, T1D charity, Kansas City Type 1 Diabetes, Kendra Scott, Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Month, Kendra Scott Gives Back

Halloween Safety for Kids with Food Allergies and Type 1 Diabetes!

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Tue 18, 2016

There’s nothing quite like late fall when the leaves are on the ground, fireplaces are lit, the air is a little crisp, and pretty much everything comes in pumpkin flavor. Seriously. Everything. I saw pumpkin-flavored Frosted Mini Wheats the other day.

Pumpkin-flavored or otherwise, autumn treats are everywhere, especially when it comes to Halloween parties and trick-or-treating. So let’s dive into our…

Five Halloween {Food} Safety Tips For Kids

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Tags: Halloween, T1D, food allergy safety, allergies, allergy, food allergy, type 1 diabetes, food allergies, t1 diabetes

#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

Alden Davis Is A Kid With Courage!

Posted by Tara Cohen on Jan, Fri 16, 2015

Recently, a few of us here at Lauren’s Hope attended the Kids With Courage (KWC) Foundation’s One Inspired Evening Gala. This was our second time attending the annual event in support and celebration of this outstanding organization, which serves Kansas City-area children with Type 1 Diabetes and their families. The big standout this year, however, wasn’t the gorgeous venue or the incredible silent auction. It was a keynote speaker who blew the crowd away, sharing a carefully prepared, inspiring statement, from the heart, with no notes in front of him and the polished delivery of a seasoned speaker. But this wasn’t a noted Kansas City endocrinologist or a Type 1 parent. This speaker was Alden Davis: Type 1 Kid With Courage, age 6.

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Tags: diabetes alert dogs, type 1 diabetes, type one diabetes, type one diabetes medical alert bracelet, customer story, kids with courage, type 1 diabetes charity, Kids With Courage Foundation, Kansas City Type 1 Diabetes, Alden Davis

Bonding Over Type 1 Diabetes

Posted by Brittany McNeal on Jul, Mon 07, 2014

So far at my time here at Lauren’s Hope, I’ve had the privilege of hearing some really inspiring stories from and about Lauren’s Hope customers. This one, though, I found to be especially neat because it involves our very own Lauren, the namesake of our company.

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Tags: Medical ID Jewelry, T1D, Lauren's Hope, type 1 diabetes, jdrf, fashion, stylish medical ID

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

Kids With Courage, Supporting Families With T1D: Part II

Posted by Tara Cohen on Apr, Fri 11, 2014

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. 

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Tags: medical alert jewelry, diabetes medical ID bracelet, type 1 diabetes, Kids With Courage Foundation, T1D charity

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