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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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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...
What I have learned working with Hollywood is that writers strive for authenticity, not accuracy. The thing organ donation advocates need to know is that we don’t need accuracy to save lives. It’s true that research shows fear and myth based storylines stop people from signing up to be donors. But Donate Life Hollywood (DLH) has also found that positive stories,...
“If I can do it, you can do it,” says Lubna Akbany, as she serves up a dish of confidence to those dealing with kidney disease. Lubna always loved to cook, and nutrition became the natural choice of study for the young and healthy college-bound woman. “I studied nutrition to learn more about food,” she explains, and in 1984,...

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The 12 Months of 2020

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...
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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