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

You’re in the hospital for surgery, or maybe an infection. You appreciate the kind nurse who listens to you, or the nurse who advocates on your behalf when you notice something amiss. This person has earned your gratitude. Alexandra Robbins thoroughly explores all the stress factors nurses can experience, especially in a hospital setting. Nurses are human, and those stress...
Heather was diagnosed with kidney failure at 8 years old. She has experienced every form of treatment, including two transplants. Traversing the issues of kidney failure; she graduated from high school, college and completed a masters in social work to help others living with a chronic illness. She will be remembered as being a great voice and advocate as...
A kidney disease diagnosis can be devastating news—for patients’ partners, as well as for the patients themselves. That’s because many patients don’t discover their illness until their kidneys begin to fail, requiring dramatic action that can upend everything from diet to work to finances. The medical team will attend to the patient; however, they won’t necessarily attend to YOU, the...
It was in the year 2000 when I was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) after my doctor discovered my blood pressure was elevated. My nephrologist closely monitored my PKD progress over a 14 yr period. During this time my GFR slowly declined as is expected with this type of kidney disease and in 2014 it had dropped to...
Now through Dec. 7th is your time to see if you can find lower premiums and extra benefits. Take a moment to look at all your health plan choices for 2019—including prescription drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans from private insurers If you have had the same plan for a while, Medicare Open Enrollment is your chance to see what’s...

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Cherish your Nurse

You’re in the hospital for surgery, or maybe an infection. You appreciate the kind nurse who listens to you, or the nurse who advocates...
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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