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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Before suddenly being diagnosed with kidney disease, Joanna Galeas Lee was like any other 15-year-old girl. College was in her future, as she envisioned herself with a briefcase, an office, and a career. In 2003, while in college, Joanna had something else on her mind. She wasn’t feeling well and her skin itched. She went to see a doctor...
Proposition 23 would unnecessarily require a doctor to be present during all dialysis treatment times which are usually twelve to sixteen hours a day, six days a week. This unnecessary expense will not improve patient quality care and it will not make patients any safer. To the contrary, this mandate will increase costs for dialysis treatment by hundreds of...
Do you want to have a positive impact on your community and on your country? There’s an easy way to do it. It’s by casting your vote! By voting, you gain the power to decide the quality of life you want for yourself and for future generations. Regardless of what side you are on, if you don’t vote you’re letting...
My daughter, Jenna, has lived with a transplanted kidney for nearly three years. We found her a living donor through social media. My sister, Bonnie, has been on dialysis for five years, and I am helping her search for a kidney donor. She has recently become a grandmother, and wants to be more involved with her family, and free...
Michael Anthony Hermogeno will turn 50 in October. He’s a professional photographer who has worked with celebrities that include actor David Hasselhoff and Jordin Sparks of American Idol fame. Michael is also a family man who at age 30 married his bride and became a father three years later. “It finally happened,” he says. And thanks to his parents,...

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Managing a High-risk Pregnancy During a Pandemic with Joanna Galeas Lee

Before suddenly being diagnosed with kidney disease, Joanna Galeas Lee was like any other 15-year-old girl. College was in her future, as she envisioned...
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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