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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Rachel Cluthe’s day starts early, often before the sun rises. As her husband, Jason, leaves for work, she stays busy raising her two daughters, Emma and Elissa. Meeting the needs of a 4-year-old while home-schooling a 10-year-old is in itself a full-time job, but Rachel also holds down a demanding full-time job in the oil and gas industry. Fortunate...
As you may know, when you make a 911 call from a standard landline phone, they know your location. This is because landlines are fixed locations and that information is sent to 911 when you make a call. The phone company handles all this automatically. With the introduction of VoIP (voice over IP or "over the Internet") phones, all that's needed...
It has been brought to my attention that there have been a few incidences of people who require dialysis expressing how upset they are by the new policies put in place by dialysis facilities and enforced by their staff. Please know that the policies of wearing mask etc. are designed to protect both people who need dialysis and staff...
This is going to sound like a sales pitch, but it’s not. I recently came upon a line of protein supplements and snacks for people who are on dialysis or have kidney disease. The protein drinks are the best I have tried. One 2oz serving is all you need to get 16 grams of protein. The sweet and savory...
General FAQ’s about Covid-19 for anyone with chronic kidney disease, are on dialysis or who have a transplant: Is there a way to communicate with my doctor without having to go to their office? The HHS has altered HIPAA rules during the COVID-19 crisis, allowing health care providers to use applications such as FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, Skype, Zoom, etc so...

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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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