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.

Latest Blog Posts

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...
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...
I picture my grandmother's precious collection of salt and pepper shakers, lined up side-by-side, covering every inch of every shelf in her glass curio cabinet. Then I imagine how it might have looked had she removed one shaker from each pair. I laugh at the silliness of the image. Yet however strange my thought may be, it stems from...
Don't ignore - Symptoms of kidney disease -
 “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets I drank the Kool-Aid of positive thinking early in life. I read every book, took every class, and owned a huge collection of tapes and CD’s – all about positive thinking. I even sold...
taking control of kidney disease
Do you remember the days when you went to the playground as a child? One of my favorite things to do was to go on the carousel and have someone push it until it began to go so quickly that I was dizzy and felt like my whole world was spinning out of control. When I was first diagnosed...

We encourage people who have kidney disease, their families and healthcare professionals to share their story with us.  Share your knowledge and real-world experiences that will benefit our readership.  View our site and read our author’s guidelines page for submission information.



Lori Hartwell Named 28th Congressional District Woman of the Year

As President of RSN and as a person living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), I make every effort to educate public officials on how...

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 and, digital or eReader via Renal Support Network

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