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KidneyTalk® Blog

The KidneyTalk® 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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Every individual with chronic kidney disease (CKD) possesses unique physical capabilities. Additionally, kidney disease can affect individuals of all age groups and may present various medical challenges. As an example, I will share some aspects of my own story. While I experienced kidney damage at the age of 3, it didn't significantly impact my life until I turned 30....
Based on recently published articles, transplant recipients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 must consult their transplant team or nephrologist before taking Paxlovid. This precautionary measure is due to the possibility of severe harm resulting from the interaction between Paxlovid and commonly used immunosuppressive medications for transplant patients. These interactions can lead to dangerous elevations in drug levels, potentially...
CMS often works with contractors for different aspects of its programs, including those related to quality measures. Of these contractors, the Partnership for Quality Measurement is responsible for tasks such as developing and maintaining quality measures, collecting and analyzing data, providing technical support to healthcare providers, and ensuring compliance with CMS requirements. There is a new measure under consideration that...
National Caregivers Month is a dedicated time to raise awareness and celebrate the contributions of caregivers who often work tirelessly to assist family members or friends in need. Caregivers play a vital role in the lives of their loved ones who have kidney disease, and this month serves as an opportunity to show appreciation for their dedication, love and...
Did you know that kids can develop hypertension through poor diet, lack of exercise, and stressors, just like adults can? I would like to share some ways to control hypertension in children so that they can keep their kidneys healthy and prevent complications such as chronic kidney disease and heart failure. What is hypertension? This is another word for high...

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Hope Came Knocking

A diagnosis of kidney failure brings on a wave of emotions. Fear, sadness, anger, frustration, disbelief, anxiety, and depression are common – not to...
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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