Addison’s disease is a disorder that occurs when your body makes and secretes insufficient amounts of hormones produced by your adrenal glands (two glands that sit on top of your kidneys that are made up of two parts: the adrenal cortex and the adrenal medulla). In Addison’s disease, your adrenal glands produce too little cortisol and inadequate levels of aldosterone.
Addison’s disease is also called adrenal insufficiency and can occur in every age group and both genders, and it’s estimated to affect between 110-144 in every one million people in developed countries.
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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.
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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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Although it’s small and housed in a pretty inconspicuous spot in the body, I know first-hand what the mighty thyroid does for the body. My sister was diagnosed with a thyroid nodule during the summer of 2011 and had a complete thyroidectomy in September 2011. Before her thyroid issues, I had no idea what the thyroid even did, where it was, or how it functioned. Needless to say, I quickly became well-versed in the workings of the thyroid when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis around the same time.
December 31st is here already. Every year it seems like the time goes faster. I'm still thinking about needing to make that autumn dentist appointment, and here we are, looking at a brand new calendar. How did that happen?
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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.
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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."
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I've heard a bit about it in the news during the past few months. Long-beloved actor Robin Williams was diagnosed with it. Casey Kasem's family battled over his care while he had it. Lewy Body Dementia is the second most diagnosed form of Dementia, following Alzheimer's, but it's a disease not very many people know about or understand.
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For that child in your life who is obsessed with superheroes, we've got something s/he will love. You can choose between our Spidey Medical Alert Necklace, Super Medical Alert Necklace, or Captain Medical Alert Necklace, all of which feature a medical caduceus symbol on the front. Each necklace can be engraved with up to four lines with 15 characters per line. Your custom engraving goes on the back of the pendant to assure that it's discrete but available in the event it needs to be read.
Our superhero pendants are available on a 4" backpack/belt loop, an 18" child's ball chain, or a 24" adult ball chain. Pendants are a discrete and easy way to make sure the little superhero in your life stays safe.
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Our Agoura Medical ID Bracelet is one of the latest additions to our ever-growing product list and is a great choice for the woman in your life who likes to switch up her style. Agoura features silver-filled, liquid silver beads, aquamarine, and super trendy green chalcedony beads. This medical ID bracelet is interchangeable, so it can be worn with any of our medical ID tags. It’s stainless steel lobster clasps match great with our Filigree Tag or Gardenia Tag.
- Beautiful, on-trend green Chalcedony beads
- Interchangeable with any of our medical ID tags
- Pairs great with our Stainless Steel Gardenia Tag (shown)
Rose Gold Tone Micro Cuff
For the woman in your life looking for a lightweight medical ID bracelet with subtle beauty, our Rose Gold Tone Micro Cuff is a great choice. This stainless steel medical ID bracelet is plated in rose gold tone and features a crisp, white medical caduceus symbol on the front to alert first responders to the information that’s rotary engraved on the inside. We offer the option to have a name engraved on the front of the bracelet as well for a more personalized touch (just use the Special Instructions field if you’d like to choose this option).
The Rose Gold Tone Micro Cuff Medical ID is water resistant and easily adjustable to fit wrists sized 6” to 9” and is a great choice for those with dexterity issues, those with conditions that cause swelling in the extremities or those who are on their weight loss journey.
- Lightweight and subtle medical ID bracelet
- Also comes in beautiful stainless steel (A543)
- Easily adjusts to fit wrists 6” to 9”
If you’re looking for an option that’s stylish and adjustable, our stainless steel Dorothy Medical ID Cuff is a great option. It features a intersecting circle pattern on beautiful turquoise finish. Each end of the Dorothy Cuff bears a white medical caduceus symbol to alert medical professionals to the personal information that’s rotary engraved on the inside. Since it’s easily adjustable to fit wrists 6” to 9”, the Dorothy Cuff is great for those who are on their weight loss journey, those with conditions that cause swelling, and those with dexterity issues. We can engrave up to three lines with up to 25 characters per line on the Dorothy Medical ID Cuff.
- On-trend turquoise meets a beautiful intersecting circle pattern
- Adjustable to fit wrists 6” to 9”
- Discretely engraved personal medical information is on the inside
Rose Gold Tone Close To My Heart
A medical ID necklaces makes a great gift. Since there are no measurements involved, a medical ID necklace is a great way to surprise her this Christmas. The Rose Gold Tone Close To My Heart features a gorgeous, asymmetrical heart with beautiful detailing surrounding a bright white medical caduceus symbol. This pendant is made of durable and water-resistant stainless steel with a rose gold tone plating that’s incredibly on trend.
Our Rose Gold Tone Close To My Heart Medical ID Necklace comes standard on a 21” rose gold tone plated stainless steel oval link chain and features a stylish branded bar that can be worn draped low or behind the neck. Plus, we can engrave up to 5 lines with 20 characters per line on the back of the pendant for a discrete way to stay stylishly safe.
- Rose gold tone is on trend and stylish
- No measuring means this medical ID makes a great surprise gift
- 21” rose gold tone plated chain hangs to a beautiful length
Part of our brand new line of non-medical jewelry, our Marrakesh necklace is one of the most impactful pieces of the Love and Beloved line thus far. Marrakesh is a true statement piece, and since its pendant is a multifaceted creamy drusy gem, no two are exactly the same. The Marrakesh pendant is wrapped in a 24 karat gold leafing and measures about 1.25” long.
Our Marrakesh pendant sits on a 24” gold-filled necklace chain that features four inches or white chalcedony, wire-wrapped, gold-filled dangles on one side, making it a great gift for the woman in your life who likes to make a statement with her jewelry.
- Brand new piece from our non-medical line of jewelry, Love and Beloved
- Beautiful creamy white drusy is unique to each necklace for a one-of-a-kind piece
- Necklace chain’s intricate beading is a statement maker
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