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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RSN wishes Lori a happy “pee” day. This is Lori’s fourth kidney transplant and at times Lori didn’t think it would be possible due to her high antibody count. Luckily, treatment advances have made this possible. People often ask how did Lori get four kidney transplants? Lori was diagnosed in 1968 at age two. She received her first deceased donor...
Bill Peckham proved that being tethered to a kidney-cleaning device several times a week shouldn’t stop someone from living a full life. He visited 34 countries. He went on big adventures – including an 8-day raft trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Although Bill died in January, his intrepid legacy is being carried on – through friends,...
RSN was proud to support One Legacy’s Rose Donate Life Parade float again this year. Since 2004, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float has memorialized organ and tissue donors raised organ donation awareness with donor families, living donors and transplant recipients all inspiring others to give the gift of life. The 2020 design titled “Light in the Darkness" features Floragraphs...
Those of us living with kidney disease have a barrel full of things to worry about each day. Whether we’re predialysis, on dialysis or post-transplant (like me), balancing a chronic illness, or transplanted but living as a permanently immunosuppressed person, means we worry about taking care of our lives and our families every day in a different way than...
Jean-Williams-blog
My kidney disease came on suddenly without any warning. One day in 1987, upon returning to work from lunch with a friend, I glanced down at my shoes and was surprised to see what looked like Daisy Duck-like feet, complete with puffy, round-topped appendages bulging out of my pumps. The ordeal prompted me to write the following: I looked down...

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Happy 9th Kidney Anniversary to RSN’s President & Founder Lori Hartwell

RSN wishes Lori a happy “pee” day. This is Lori’s fourth kidney transplant and at times Lori didn’t think it would be possible due...
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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