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.Read More
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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.Read More
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It's Diabetes Awareness Month, and in honor of the millions of people living with diabetes, (many of whom are our phenomenal customers!) we're sharing the...
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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.
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.
Around the offices here at Lauren’s Hope, a lot of us wear medical ID jewelry. And not just because we love it! So for today’s blog, I caught up with Lauren’s Hope Jewelry Designer, Katy Russell, who wears her Lauren’s Hope medical ID bracelet because she has hypoglycemia, a severe form of low blood sugar.
Cystic Fibrosis, or CF, is a genetic disorder affecting the lungs, digestive system, sweat glands, and male reproductive system. It is among the most common chronic lung diseases diagnosed in children, teens, and young adults, and it is both life threatening and life limiting, with an average lifespan of 37 years for those with CF who live to adulthood.
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Scott Benner is a stay-at-home dad turned blogger whose adventures in parenting are both touchingly and humorously relatable to nearly all parents, regardless of their children's medical conditions. On Scott's blog, Arden's Day, he's celebrating six years of blogging this week, which is a great way to cap off a summer filled with rave reviews for his first book, Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal. For his blog-iversary, he's been posting quite a bit all week, and we are thrilled that he's finishing the celebrations off by giving away two signed copies of his book here on the Lauren's Hope blog! Both winners will also receive one of our fantastic interchangeable or adjustable paracord medical alert bracelets in his or her choice of colors or a Swiss Army Dog Tag medical alert necklace! Learn how to enter at the end of this post!
So, without further ado... welcome to FREE STUFF FRIDAY with Scott Benner, who recently tested the medical ID jewelry waters again for his daughter AND started wearing a caregiver ID himself!
A diagnosis is so much more than a word. It's a lifestyle. It's a constant. It's a priority. And that often means that it becomes the cause we are most motivated to serve, which leads to fundraising for treatments, research, and cures. Sometimes, people feel uncomfortable doing fundraisers, because they don't like asking for money or they feel it's inappropriate somehow. But fundraisers are about more than money. Great fundraising mobilizes people and raises as much awareness as it does money.