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Winners of the 18th Annual Essay Contest

Eat Wink & Thrive, 1st Place Winner, 18th Annual Essay contest

Picture it: Auburn, Alabama 2018, in a veterinary student’s mobile home. Five vet students, laptops open, piles of books and notes on the floor...

Happy as a Clam, 2nd Place Winning Essay, 18th Annual Essay Contest

The idiom "as happy as a clam" seems a bit strange to me since a mollusk would not be perceived as having any emotions....

Cooking with a Renal Twist, 3rd Place Winning Essay, 18th Annual Essay Contest

“No, you can’t be serious,“ I uttered, as my doctor informed me of the news. I was officially diagnosed with renal failure. I always had...

Kidney Diet Hero, 4th Place Winning Essay, 18th Annual Essay Contest

I was a southern boy growing up in North Carolina, so food is just a part of my heritage. Every Sunday after church all...

So Long, Mrs. Freshley’s, President’s Pick, 18th Annual Essay Contest

I was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) 38 years ago when I was 18. Back then the extent of the instructions regarding my...

Stop Lying, Start Living, Honorable Mention, 18th Annual Essay contest

It was once said you can lie to everyone but yourself. Well, I am a living witness to the fact that this statement, in...

OH NO! AVOCADO!, Honorable Mention, 18th Annual Essay contest

From my hospital bed, I perused the list of foods I couldn't eat on a kidney diet. And the first food that immediately stood...

A Summer Day Picnic, Honorable Mention, 18th Annual Essay Contest

I felt excited because Thanksgiving 2007 was almost here. I was, however, also concerned.  I had found out in September that I had end...

Dead Man’s Curve, Honorable Mention, 18th Annual Essay Contest

To me, the ugliest word in the dialysis dictionary is phosphorous. I've lived for over 40 years as one who picked up not one,...

From the Philippines, with Love, Honorable Mention, 18th Annual Essay Contest

Before being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, I was just a man in love. I was eagerly waiting to be married to a woman I...

Fly Me to the Moon, Honorable Mention, 18th Annual Essay Contest

“I’m going to need you to fly to the moon for me.” Did I hear that correctly? Did my nephrologist really just order me to...

Motivational Moderation, Honorable Mention, 18th Annual Essay Contest

We would all like to see the sun shine every day, but on some days we see storm clouds. I always think if you...

You Never Know Until You Try, Honorable Mention, 18th Annual Essay Contest

Dear Mom, Just wanted to catch you up on some happenings. I know it's been awhile. Even though things are ridiculously busy these days, I...

Accepting Dietary Limitations, Honorable Mention, 18th Annual Essay contest

My road to a happy food experience on the renal diet has been bumpy, rife with potholes. For most of my life, I lived...

No Reason to Fail, Honorable Mention, 18th Annual Essay Contest

Imagine a giant bowl of hot, crispy French fries freshly sprinkled with salt and maybe even a little bit of melted cheese and bacon...

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