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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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The holidays are coming, when those of us who exchange gifts typically do so. Are you wondering what to give to a person dealing with kidney disease? Are you a patient being asked what you want or might like? Here are some gift ideas with examples from the Amazon online marketplace. Note: if you shop on Amazon, consider using AmazonSmile,...
Why is fall considered apple season when it seems every grocery store has them in stock all year? Most likely, it’s because growers have special varieties that are only available briefly at the beginning of November at a local orchard or farmer's market. No matter where or when you get your apples, you can make good use of them...
Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Jason Smith (R-Mo.) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand access to home dialysis for kidney patients. Home dialysis often leads to better health outcomes and fewer hospitalizations for people who need dialysis; it is also far more flexible than in-center dialysis. This bill will allow Medicare to pay professional staff to work with kidney patients...
Now more than ever, people with chronic kidney disease, dialysis patients, and transplant recipients must Make A Plan for disasters or emergencies that might disrupt their care. Impassable roadways, power outages, water supply and plumbing issues, communication system breakdowns, and damaged medical facilities are likely in disasters and emergencies. Put a plan together now based on your circumstances. Understand that...
Most people with Medicare are at least 65 or disabled. Younger people may get it if they are on dialysis or have a kidney transplant. This blog post describes how and when you can get and lose Medicare, what it covers, and what it costs. It also describes other health plan options. How can you get Medicare? To get Medicare for...

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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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