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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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Spoiler alert: I’m no relationship expert. I’m not a psychologist, psychiatrist, or any other kind of “ist.” But I’ve been married for 25 years. I’m a relieved ex-actress turned author. My memoir details the year my husband gave me his kidney when I was addicted to prescription drugs. We’ve lived in Toronto, Los Angeles, and now in Winnipeg. We’ve sustained...
What a challenge the year 2020 has been. And this year, although Covid-19 continues to keep us physically distant, it doesn’t mean we have to remain socially distant from one another. On January 17, 2021, dozens of teens and young adults ages 14-24 with chronic kidney disease met virtually to socialize and celebrate life as Lori Hartwell, Founder and...
2020 has been quite a year for all of us. The Covid-19 pandemic changed the landscape for individuals, businesses and the nonprofit world. We managed to adapt so we could continue to provide our unique programs and events at no charge to people who have kidney disease.  Enjoy this holiday message blog sharing all that we’ve accomplished this year;  it’s...
When my nephrologist told me that I needed to start considering the possibility of having a kidney transplant, I was in shock. I knew I had bad kidneys, but I had been in denial. I was hoping my kidneys would just stay in the same condition, and not quit working altogether. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. One of the...
Holidays! Full of fun, special times, and traditions—and of course, lots of chances to eat those holiday goodies! All of us have eating challenges every day. The holidays need a little extra planning and thinking so we can truly enjoy them. No one wants to miss all the fun with a fluid overload or a hospital stay. Here are a...

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Here’s a Tip! How We Kept Love in a Marriage of...

Spoiler alert: I’m no relationship expert. I’m not a psychologist, psychiatrist, or any other kind of “ist.” But I’ve been married for 25 years. I’m...
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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