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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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My birthday falls on or around Mother’s Day. I always said that when I became a mom, I wanted two separate and distinct celebrations. No combos! Our family enjoys celebrating each other. My own mother’s birthday falls close to Thanksgiving but we buy her flowers and desserts before any turkey is served. My niece’s day is near Easter, but...
Q: Who is a candidate for kidney transplantation, and what is the process for the determination? A: We believe that all children who are facing reduced kidney function and kidney failure should be considered for a kidney transplant. Although dialysis can keep patients alive, to achieve the best quality and length of life, we strive to get a kidney transplant...
Zucchini is one of the easiest vegetables to grow in your garden. Even if you are not a gardener, zucchini can be found in abundance in most grocery stores and farmer's markets throughout the spring and summer. And it is a good change from salad. Here are two kidney-friendly zucchini recipes that will add some “green” to your diet. A “Circle” of...
Sometimes words can poke and prod, depress, and debilitate. Consider the following: “You’re selfish for wanting a live donor. Stick to your dialysis and deal with it.” “Good luck finding someone to love you with that tube sticking out of your belly.” “Why don’t you have a job? My friend was on dialysis and she managed to work full time.” “I don’t know...
There seems to be a national holiday for everything. Imagine our delight to discover that in addition to being National Kidney Month, March is also National Crafting Month. Studies show that working with your hands improves mental well-being. Creative projects can take your mind off your struggles and reduce anxiety. RSN’s Get Creative virtual support group meets every month with...

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My birthday falls on or around Mother’s Day. I always said that when I became a mom, I wanted two separate and distinct celebrations....
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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