Winners of the 9th Annual Essay Contest

THEME: “What hobby helps improve your quality of life and helps you forget the many challenges kidney disease presents?”

A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air – 1st Place Winner, 9th Annual Essay Contest

I’m thankful for the vast amount of hospital memories that have been tucked away in a box, in the bottom shelf of a dresser...
she's gone to pot - 2011 essay

She’s Gone to Pot – 2nd Place Winner, 9th Annual Essay Contest

She’s gone to pot! What is your first thought when you read this? Someone is crazy, let herself go, smoking an illegal substance (in...
music moves me - 2011 essay

Music Moves Me – 3rd Place Winner, 9th Annual Essay Contest

When I was ten I persuaded my mom to let me take piano lessons so I could play the popular songs I heard on...
let go and play -2011 essay

Let Go and Play – Honorable Mention, 9th Annual Essay Contest

After 10 years of gradual decline, my kidneys failed last year. Soon I’ll mark my first anniversary on home dialysis. Thanks largely to the...
my life with clorox - 2011 essay

My Life with Clorox – Honorable Mention, 9th Annual Essay Contest

Since I was born, Clorox Wipes have always been in my life. From the time I learned to walk and talk, if my mom...
the odd ones -2011 essay

The Odd Ones – Honorable Mention, 9th Annual Essay Contest

Question: "What hobby helps improve your quality of life and helps you forget the many challenges kidney disease presents?" Answer: When I arrive at the DCI Clinic...
for the love of cooking - 2011 essay

For the Love of Cooking – Honorable Mention, 9th Annual Essay Contest

Chronic kidney disease - I knew my kidneys were failing. The discovery was apparent several years before my doctor informed me I would need...
the power of water - 2011 essay

The Power of Water – Honorable Mention, 9th Annual Essay Contest

My father once told me, “The Chinese believe that the strongest substance in the world is water. Water appears innocent, but it’s the only...

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