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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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Somehow, we all made it through 2021! We’re three months into 2022, it’s World Kidney Month, and we should celebrate!! This was not an easy couple of years by any measure, especially for those of us who are immunocompromised/immunosuppressed. Since the onset of COVID, we have all focused much of our time and energy wondering what was safe to do...
World Social Worker’s Day is celebrated annually on the third Tuesday of March. This special day recognizes the dedication and caring of all social workers. We’re excited to share this special day with our dialysis and transplant social workers, who mean so much to us. These healthcare heroes are an essential part of our kidney care healthcare team. They...
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day is celebrated annually on the second Wednesday of March. We're excited to share their special day as Renal Dietitians mean so much to us. Renal Dietitians are Nutritionists who possess advanced educated in the dietary needs of people with chronic kidney disease, who are on dialysis or who have a kidney transplant. The kidney diet...
When I was in college, my favorite subject was microbiology. Microbiology is the study of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. One of my fondest memories of the class was after being provided an “unknown” on a petri dish, I had to use multiple tests to try to determine what my “unknown” was. It was, to me, the...
This kidney-friendly, slow cooked pot roast is a classic Sunday family dinner or a great make ahead for yourself for a week of hearty meals. This recipe will work for a classic oven braise, Dutch oven, in a slow cooker or an Instant Pot.  Ingredients 2-4 lb. chuck roast (arm/blade pot roast, round bone roast, or heel of round) Directions Trim excess fat. ...

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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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