Winners of the 8th Annual Essay Contest

THEME: “Lessons Learned From a Book, Movie or Song That Help Me Deal With CKD”

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates – 1st Place Winner, 8th Annual Essay...

As a teenager, you think terrible things happen only in the movies and would never happen to you. In our minds we already have...
Swim

Swim – 2nd Place Winner, 8th Annual Essay Contest

I was 25 and my life had just begun: I had a new job, a new house and a new loving fiance who I...
Somewhere Between Life and Death

Somewhere Between Life and Death – 3rd Place, 8th Annual Essay Contest

I was always the avid bookworm with my tinted-framed glasses perched on the end of my nose and my eyes glazed over with a...
A Cheerful Heart and a Good Report-2

A Cheerful Heart and a Good Report – Honorable Mention, 8th Annual Essay Contest

"A cheerful heart does good like medicine," from my favorite book, encouraged me to get going and meet my daughter and grandchildren at the...
I Will Not be Moved

I Will Not be Moved – Honorable Mention, 2010 Essay Contest

When I was six years old, I never would have imagined that I would be sick. I have a kidney disease called Lupus Nephritus,...
I will survive

I Will Survive – Honorable Mention, 8th Annual Essay Contest

I love music. Music has always been an important part of my life.   It has helped me to deal with all of the situations...
Man's Search for Meaning - 2010 essay

Man’s Search for Meaning – Honorable Mention, 8th Annual Essay Contest

The sedative was wearing off, and I could see that my left foot had not been amputated. The good news was that the operation...
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The Art of Living – Honorable Mention, 8th Annual Essay Contest

I was hit by End Stage Kidney Disease in late December, 2004. Previously I had been told that my Kidneys were operating at 50%,...

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Keep Smilin’ – Honorable Mention 15th Annual Essay Contest

Dear Positivity, I have a confession to make to you Positivity: I want to be you. People always said I was you, because I would flash...