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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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Renal Support Network is excited to congratulate Mayan Lopez! Mayan and her father, actor/comedian, George Lopez will be the stars in the upcoming comedy “Lopez vs. Lopez” on NBC. Mayan and her parents have always made time in their schedules to volunteer for RSN’s annual teen prom and celebrity bingo events. George also supports kidney kids to go to camp...
Proposition 29 would unnecessarily require a doctor or doctor extender to be present during all dialysis treatment times, usually 12-16 hours a day, six days a week. This unnecessary expense will not improve the quality of care and it will not make patients any safer. It will increase costs for dialysis treatment by hundreds of thousands of dollars per...
There is a popular television series known as “Shark Tank.”  If you haven’t seen it, contestants are invited on the show to pitch a new product or service to a group of successful entrepreneurs, known as “the sharks.” Contestants are usually there to ask for funding as they try to negotiate an attractive contract. Whether the budding entrepreneurs (the contestants)...
Please take a few minutes and save someone’s life or maybe even your own. Access to Care for Doctors comments due by September 6, 2022. Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Click here to leave your comment to CMS (see steps below) Comment and mention why the proposed changes are important to you. Refer to below text and mention RSN letter or link...
Sometimes change takes place overnight.  More commonly, change is hard and seems to take forever. And sometimes we don’t notice a change until it affects us directly.  I’ve lived with chronic kidney disease for about 25 years now.  I’ve been reading nutritional labels at the grocery store for almost one half of my life!  But I hadn’t noticed the...

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Exercise and Dialysis

If you’re like me, food isn’t just fuel, it’s comfort. It’s home-cooked dinners, holiday gatherings with family, that first dinner date, and a chocolate...
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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