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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I was losing it—my hair, that is. My husband tried to convince me that baldness is usually a sign of brilliance, dignity, and wit. After all, look at him! I agreed that he certainly merited such a description. As for me, I was just plain discouraged. I didn’t feel very brilliant when I couldn’t figure out why this was...
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about a fraud scheme involving genetic testing. Scammers are offering Medicare beneficiaries cheek swabs for genetic testing to obtain their Medicare information for identity theft or fraudulent billing purposes. Fraudsters are targeting beneficiaries through telemarketing calls, booths at public events, health fairs, and door-to-door...
President Trump signed an executive order today that will advance the care for those who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and are on dialysis. The executive order will create new payment models to encourage more kidney transplants and give incentives for people on dialysis to do their treatment at home. There are additional initiatives to increase living organ donation, improve procuring...
Shaped like a pinecone with a leafy crown, the pineapple is a regal looking fruit. It once represented nobility and wealth, and now is a world wide symbol of warm welcomes and hospitality. Here are some kidney-friendly recipes to enjoy and share: Web ID 7053
Dialysis is an unrelenting process. I undergo treatments three days a week for hours at a time. During my 20 years on dialysis, I discovered the importance of comfort while undergoing treatment. I learned to “nest.” Nest? What do I mean by that? Think about a dialysis center. It is usually a large room with lots of chairs, equipment and people....

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

I was losing it—my hair, that is. My husband tried to convince me that baldness is usually a sign of brilliance, dignity, and wit....
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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