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.

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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...
Katherine Soto has been on dialysis for 20 years. She decided early on that she would dialyze to live, not live to dialyze. Katherine’s kidney journey started at the age of 2 with kidney reflux. She experienced many infections and ended up with a urostomy at the age of 12. Katherine shares with RSN what she has learned living...
It was Sunday, January 20th, 2019, and I, a two-time kidney transplanted, 50-year-old woman, was alone at the prom. I was volunteering at the annual event hosted by the Renal Support Network. Its founder, Lori Hartwell, had been on dialysis as a teen, unable to attend her own prom. After four kidney transplants and 13 years of dialysis, her mission...
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Young People who have Kidney Disease Sparkle with Joy and Share Their Stories at the Prom Glitter, sequins, and gold and silver trim reflected brightly colored disco lights during the 20th Annual Renal Teen Prom held at the Glendale Hilton, Sunday, January 20, 2019. Renal Support Network’s annual event for young people coping with chronic kidney disease welcomed returning partygoers...

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April is Organ Donation Month: Here’s why healthy people should...

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...
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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