Tuesday, March 23, 2010

So, who is Lauren?

We are often asked who Lauren is and love telling the story of how Lauren's Hope got its name.  Looking back on how it all began it's really a bit serendipitous.  You see, Denise and LeAnn were busy making mother's bracelets on the craft show circuit and Denise's neighborhood babysitter requested a pretty bracelet be made for her.  The babysitter's name was Lauren and she has Diabetes.  She was less than enthusastic about wearing something ugly and uncomfortable and requested something pretty.  Denise and LeAnn pulled out their most beautiful beads, spent many sleepness nights working on styles and emerged from their studio just a few days later with the first interchangable medical ID bracelet.  Lauren was thrilled with her bracelet and Denise and LeAnn were so encouraged by the rave reviews Lauren's doctors and friends were giving their new creation they never put those beads away.  Since the early days of 2001 Denise and LeAnn have created thousands of medical bracelets for girls, boys, men and women. 

We are lucky enough to keep up with Lauren through facebook and recently asked her to share some of what's going on in her life now and how Lauren's Hope has impacted her life.
My name is Lauren Philips, and like many others, I didn't like wearing my medical ID bracelet.  Denise and LeAnn were so kind to make me a fashionable ID bracelet that I would be comfortable wearing everyday.  I was given my first bracelet when I was 13 years old.  I am now 22 years old and still love the bracelets Denise and LeAnn designed for me! They have always been so functional and cute for everyday life.  I have been so fortunate to have both Denise and LeAnn in my life.  Recently, I moved out east to New York City to pursue a dream of mine.  I first fell in love with NYC when I traveled there with Denise and LeAnn to present the Lauren Hope Bracelets on the Ananda Lewis Show.  I always said I would live there at some point in my life.  This past December I moved out to NYC to become a nanny and finish my degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  Having these amazing bracelets has allowed me to travel, go away to college, and even move 2 thousand miles away!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Our Winner is...Grace!

We want to thank each and every person who sent us their wonderful stories.  We had such a great time reading each entry. It truly means the world to us when we get to share in your experiences and hear what your Lauren's Hope bracelet means to you.  It was practically impossible for us to choose just 1 story among so many, but we managed to narrow it down to a 7 year old doll named Grace. 

Here is Grace's story
On January 9, 2009 our lives changed. Our 6 year old daughter, Grace, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. We spent five very long days in the hospital, learning to care for her. It was a shock to our family and to her. We left the hospital as different people, now coping with a lifelong chronic illness.

There was so much to absorb in those early days of diagnosis. I had to learn so much about insulin, carbohydrates, carb counting, dosing and syringes. It was enlightening and also scary. I knew no one who had a child this young with Type 1 diabetes. As I spoke with the doctors and nurses at the hospital, they all would mention that Grace should wear a medical alert bracelet of some kind now. Among all the things I now had to do, I added this to my list.

I went online. I would show Grace the bracelet and she would respond ‘It looks like a boy’s bracelet.” or “That’s not pretty, like a girl would wear.” She was still 6 years old. She wanted something pretty that would sparkle. As I searched, I happened onto laurenshope.com and lo and behold, there, right there, on their webpage, they had sparkly bracelets. I scanned through to find the pinkest one I could find, ‘Carole’s Choice’ and I showed it to Grace. Her face lit up. ‘That, Mama, THAT’S a girl’s bracelet. That’s the one I want.” I ordered it right then and there, from the hospital room.

Grace is now the proud owner of three Lauren’s Hope bracelets. She wears them every day. She adores how they sparkle and look ‘girly.’ As her mother, I wanted a bracelet that was a medical ID for her and also was something that she wanted to wear. I found it at Lauren’s Hope. It gives me great pleasure to know I have found something that she willingly and proudly wears.

I have found strength from others in this last year with Type 1. Friends and support online that I would never have known have surfaced in our lives. People are good. It will all be OK. We will carry on with this chronic illness. I will raise a child with diabetes, not a diabetic child. The Lauren’s Hope bracelet reminds me that while she has Type 1, she never stops being a little girl, who wants sparkly things.

You can read more about Grace's story at her blog: http://www.asweetgrace.blogspot.com

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Does Your Bracelet Have a Story To Tell?

At Lauren's Hope, we know that we make more than jewelry. We take joy in knowing that our products enhance quality of life and have even saved lives. Over the years many of our customers have written us to share stories about their bracelets and the profound impact it has had in their life. Many received the gift from someone special in their lives, or experienced first-hand how important it is to have that vital medical information with them at all times.

We would love to hear your story! Please feel free to include pictures as well.

We are looking for stories for Mother's Day and Father's Day in particular. As a parent, how has having a Lauren's Hope bracelet changed your life or the life of your child? Did you purchase a Lauren's Hope bracelet for your Mom or Dad? Tell us why they are special and how the bracelet has helped you and them. Let us know how your bracelet has helped you.

Please email your story to denise@laurenshope.com

Please be sure to include the following:
Your Name

Your Email address

A phone number to contact you in case we have questions

Your story

Stories received by March 15th will be entered in a drawing to receive a gift certificate valued at $80.00 for you to use or to share.

Stories will become the property of Lauren's Hope Medical ID Bracelets and may be published on our web site or used in our company press releases. Who knows... Maybe you'll be famous!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Sneak Peaks of Brand New Styles

With Spring approaching the designers at Lauren's Hope have been working hard on new styles with bright, cheerful colors to help welcome the warmer weather and wardrobe changes. 
We are also creating several new options for men, including a larger more masculine medical ID tag.

Here is a sneak peak of styles we'll be introducing soon.
Avonlea ~ B121
Custom Hand-Stamped Medical ID Bracelets (coming soon!)

Here is our Large Version of the Custom Hand-Stamped Bracelets (Perfect for men)
Here is our brand new "Man Tag" (coming soon!)
We'd love to hear what you think of our newest creations.