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June 28, 2021
The Frank Challant Story Frank Challant, a Massachusetts native, was a young college student in Ohio in 1967. As spring became summer, the outside temperature shot up to 107 degrees F, and the air conditioning in Frank’s dorm ran constantly. Before long, Frank started to feel run-down. After a few... More ›
June 17, 2021
My name is Ali and I’m 27 years old, currently living in Chicago. I have never known life without medical issues and I’ve accepted that as my norm. I was first diagnosed with anaphylactic food allergies , asthma and eczema at the... More ›
May 14, 2021
According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 10 million men, women and children in the United States experience an asthma attack each year. More than 1.6 million people have an attack so severe that they end up in a hospital for emergency care. On average, 10 Americans die each... More ›
May 3, 2021
Joshua is intelligent, fun, and the sweetest little boy – he is also an avid train enthusiast. He knows so much about real locomotives and steam engines that his family often needs to Google things he says so they can understand his passion. Along with trains, Joshua loves arts and... More ›
February 24, 2021
Rare disease is something you never think will happen to you. For Vanessa, her journey with adrenal insufficiency began in her teens. A history of endocrine tumors eventually resulted in the removal of both her adrenal glands. The adrenal glands make cortisol, and your body needs cortisol... More ›
A woman in her thirties, long brown hair looking in the mirror to do a thyroid self-exam.
January 8, 2021
What does your thyroid do? Ask your friends, family, and colleagues what they know, and chances are they’ll know they have a thyroid. But most likely they’ll have no clue what it does, and why it’s so important to their health. They’re not alone. According to the American Association... More ›
October 14, 2020
Meet MedicAlert Member Cathy, age 56. Cathy has mitral valve prolapse , and despite it being a life-long disorder, many people with the condition never experience symptoms and are often surprised when they learn they have a heart condition. Not all heart diseases are the same. Different types... More ›
September 23, 2020
Sharing our member's stories serves to inspire us and educate others. We are continually impressed and humbled by our members and we're grateful that they entrust us with their medical information so that we may continue to fulfill our mission and do the work we set out to do: protecting... More ›
September 15, 2020
My name is Nancy, and I am a proud and happy MedicAlert Lifetime Member! In my 75 years, MedicAlert has seen me through some really critical moments brought on by allergic reactions to medicine . This is my story: From the time I was a very young child,... More ›
August 26, 2020
The first day of school is full of excitement for students, parents, and educators alike. In an average year, it may also bring some anxiety…but as we know, this year is far from average. The beginning of this school year is unlike any other. Navigating back-to-school challenges during the COVID-19... More ›