Chronicallly Happy Kidney Disease Blog

The Chronically Happy Blog is authored by Lori Hartwell and special guest writers. Posts here feature personal stories and first-hand experiences of people living with chronic kidney disease and their families.

Latest Blog Posts

parents with kidney disease
I had a kidney transplant at the worst time in my life.  At age 29 my polycystic kidneys had failed.  My mother had passed away the previous year. I was separated from my husband with two children.  My daughter was spending her first summer away from me with her father, I was on the verge of being evicted from...
pets and kidney disease
It was love at first meow for Ricky and me. Ricky was a simple and slim white and gray striped tabby cat.  His fur was coarse and shed all over me when he jumped on my lap, pleading and purring for soft strokes and love. He stared me down with his piercing green eyes, assessing me and speaking unspoken volumes...
Independence Kidney Disease
Cicero once said freedom is “the power to live as one wishes.” Some people would call that anarchy, but I do think he had a point. There are many types of “independence” and “freedom”: individual, spiritual, emotional, financial and political, just to name a few.  Whatever you choose to call it, the most critical is the form that allows...
Stephen Furst friend and Renal Support Network supporter
Besides being an actor and film and television director, Stephen Co-hosted RSN's KidneyTalk podcasts which aired its first episode in June 2006. He wrote and directed the short film, "Seymour Jones and the Temple of Chronic Kidney Disease" for RSN to raise awareness about kidney disease. Stephen also created a special lamp for RSN’s ‘Shine a Light’ campaign dedicated to his love of...
Free Nurse's Week Greeting cards
Celebrate Nurses Week May 6-12 with eight free Nurse's Week Greeting Cards National Nurses Week is May 6 - 12. Express your feelings with our free Nurses Week Greeting Cards. Just click on one of the PDF files below the how-to guide and print an 8 ½  x 11 page to mail or to give to a nurse who has made...

We encourage people living successfully in spite of kidney disease and healthcare professionals to share their story with others who could benefit for their knowledge and real-world experiences. Find out how to write an article for RSN’s Live&Give, health library or blog on our author’s guidelines page.


Finding Love in a Support Group - Renal Support Network Blog

The Great Meerkat Incident that Led to Love

Bill and Ginger have a beautiful love story, with a twist. They met at RSN's support group meeting for people who have kidney disease...

Chronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness
A book that teaches one how to cope and life a fulfilling, joyful life despite having chronic illness By Lori Hartwell, who was was diagnosed with kidney disease at age of 2.

Available in Paperback at and, digital or eReader via Renal Support Network

If you you have a story you would like to share, please visit our Write For Us page to find out to to submit a blog post for consideration.