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

A backyard BBQ is a simple and meaningful way to bond with your dad. So, get your grill on and make lasting father-son or father-daughter memories. And don't limit yourself to just Father's Day, the whole family can enjoy these tasty kidney friendly BBQ recipes all year long! Fast and Juicy Ribs and Marinade   BBQ Corn on the Cob   BBQ Asparagus     Mini Pineapple...
At a recent check-up, my nephrologist complimented me on how I have chosen to be an advocate for myself and others, rather than a victim of my disease. At the age of 10, I was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), one of the most common life-threatening genetic diseases. Until my early 20s, I didn’t know anyone with the...
A few months ago, I sat at a desk, opposite my doctor in his private office as we spent the better part of an hour discussing my options for dialysis. He felt strongly that in-home peritoneal dialysis would be the least invasive and most effective treatment for me and told me what would be required and how long it...
April is the month designated to raising awareness about organ donation, which is a lifesaving option for many organ recipients—particularly those with progressive kidney disease. Of all the organ transplants in the United States, kidney transplants are the most common, with 21,000 donated in 2018 alone. Nevertheless, the number pales in comparison with the number of people in need. Nearly...
I was 15 years old when my journey with chronic kidney disease (CKD) began. I was diagnosed with membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN). After several months and a missed semester of 10th grade, my condition was reversed, and my kidney function was restored. Fast forward 10 years to the start of my career (and my own health insurance): I was diagnosed...

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CHRONICALLY HAPPY by Lori Hartwell

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 Amazon.com and, digital or eReader via Renal Support Network

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