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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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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...
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 bar in hand. It’s what makes us remember happiness. And when you’re a dialysis patient, the rough days that often stretch into weeks and months require that little “hit of happy.” Eating healthy and exercising...
After living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) for several years, I’ve found it crucial to develop strategies to keep my dietary sodium intake low and the flavor of my foods high! And I have found that regardless of whatever stage of CKD I may be in, the one thing that doesn’t change is the importance of following a low...
It’s always wonderful to be recognized, especially among people who are working diligently to bring hope to others, in this case, to people with kidney disease! Read on for a dose hope… It was a tremendous honor for me to receive the Spirit of Life award from the University Kidney Research Organization (UKRO) on June 12 in Los Angeles. I’m...

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Medicare Covers 8 Home COVID-19 Tests Per Month

As people living with chronic kidney disease, it appears we will forever need to be diligent about COVID 19 testing and prevention.  A few...
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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