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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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It’s hard to believe that is just about the middle of summer. Where did the time go? Before you know it, the sun will start setting a bit earlier and the weather will start to get chilly. But before the sunny days are over, we wanted to share some of RSN's best summer recipes, including delicious sides, desserts, and...
Did you know that there are many famous people who have kidney disease or have donated a kidney? It shouldn't be a huge surprise since chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects people all over the United States. The leading causes are diabetes and high blood pressure, however there are many genetic underlying diseases that can cause the kidneys to fail...
When we first learned about the Covid-19 pandemic, we knew there would be lots of uncertainties for people with compromised immune systems. As we patiently waited for scientists to develop a vaccine, we had hope that at some point we could return to a somewhat normal life. And now that the vaccine is here, so is the initial data. Sadly,...
The great flavor of lemon infuses this pasta dish with creamy flair! Don’t forget to save some water that the pasta is cooked in for adding to the sauce. Yes, this is truly an authentic way to cook Italian—you use all the lemon too! This recipe serves four as an entrée or six as a side dish. INGREDIENTS Serves 4-6 (Nutrient...
We heard some of our kidney kin are having to explain why they are still wearing a mask while out and about. We created this card you can print and hand out to anyone who questions your choice to continue to wear a mask. Just print (on card stock if you have it handy) and cut in half. Then carry...

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RSN’s Favorite Summertime Kidney-Friendly Recipes

It’s hard to believe that is just about the middle of summer. Where did the time go? Before you know it, the sun will...
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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