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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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...
Laughter-Best-Medicine
As the cardiologist was explaining how the placement of the pacemaker would be under the fat of my shoulder, I looked him in the eye and asked, “Why not put it a little bit lower and give me a breast implant too?” Knowing me for so long, he just shook his head, as he was used to my humor....
The-Guardian-Angel-Tracy-Schmitz-Living-Kidney-Donor
For Tracy Schmitz, changing and saving lives is just an everyday sort of thing. We first met her late last year when she contacted RSN for guidance while preparing for the process of living donation. As we got to know Tracy, we were amazed by the many ways she has offered support to families and children all across the...
Congressman-Adam-Schiff-Woman-of-the-year-Lori-hartwell
As President of RSN and as a person living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), I make every effort to educate public officials on how they can help with legislation relating to kidney disease, access to treatment, dialysis, transplantation and organ donation. I’ve gotten to know Congressman Adam Schiff well over the years. He is a champion of kidney disease awareness...

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RSN’s Prom Queen turns 52!

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...
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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