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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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...
I was confused when I recently heard talk of “Prop 8,” a ballot initiative in California.   A mere 5 years ago we were still talking about an initiative that tried to eliminate the rights of same-sex couples to marry named Prop 8.  Google it and most entries you’ll find are still about that Prop 8.  But continue to search...
Six years and two months ago, I was introduced to a new way of living and to a new treatment that would save my life.   After hearing so many comments like "your color looks so much better," and "you lost weight and it looks so good," I wanted to keep up the improvements.  Being compliant with my diet, keeping my...
RSN has something very special to celebrate this month. Lori Hartwell, RSN’s president and founder turns 52 on July 24th.  She has had kidney disease since the age of 2, so this marks her 50th year of survival.  Lori’s story is nothing short of extraordinary. She was placed on dialysis at the age of two when her kidneys stopped...
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new, unique Medicare Number is replacing the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on each new Medicare card.   “We’re taking this step to protect our seniors from fraudulent use of Social Security numbers which can lead...

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It was in the year 2000 when I was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) after my doctor discovered my blood pressure was elevated....
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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