Winners of the 12th Annual Essay Contest

THEME: “Explain a Choice You’ve Made to Improve Your Health and How It Could Benefit Others.”

Help! I'm a Blowfish! - steroid - weight gain - 2014 essay contest

“Help! I’m a Blowfish” – 1st Place Winner, 12th Annual Essay Contest

Blowfish are peculiar. These tiny sea creatures are elastic and, when threatened, can easily expand into a ball-like shape that’s twice their normal size....
improve your dialysis treatment

“D.R.I.N.K.” – 2nd Place Winner, 12th Annual Essay Contest

One day while receiving my dialysis treatment, my dietitian approached me with my monthly numbers report card. Impressed by my continuous improvement, she drew...
Choose Acceptance - kidney disease

“Choose Acceptance” – 3rd Place Winner, 12th Annual Essay Contest

I can’t remember a day when I didn’t have chronic kidney disease (CKD). I was diagnosed 21 years ago, at age 3. Until my...
a positive attitude - kidney disease - essay contest

“A Positive Attitude” – Honorable Mention, 12th Annual Essay Contest

Louisa May Alcott stated, “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” Last year, I found myself...
Temporarily Speaking

Temporarily Speaking – Honorable Mention Winner, 12th Annual Essay Contest

“It’s only temporary.” I apply this philosophy to many facets of my health—physical, mental, and spiritual. A wise man shared this with me about...
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