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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Those of us living with kidney disease have a barrel full of things to worry about each day.  Whether we’re predialysis, on dialysis or post-transplant (like me), balancing a chronic illness or transplanted but living as a permanently immunosuppressed person, means we worry about taking care of our lives and our families every day in a different way than...
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My kidney disease came on suddenly without any warning. One day in 1987, upon returning to work from lunch with a friend, I glanced down at my shoes and was surprised to see what looked like Daisy Duck-like feet, complete with puffy, round-topped appendages bulging out of my pumps. The ordeal prompted me to write the following: I looked down...
The week of October 14 – 19, 2019 is National Dialysis Technician Recognition Week.  Let’s learn more about the types of dialysis technicians, how they are educated to help you better and how you can celebrate this week with YOUR dialysis technician. There are two types of technicians in your dialysis clinic: the Biomedical Nephrology Technologist (BNT) is the individual...
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I was losing it—my hair, that is. My husband tried to convince me that baldness is usually a sign of brilliance, dignity, and wit. After all, look at him! I agreed that he certainly merited such a description. As for me, I was just plain discouraged. I didn’t feel very brilliant when I couldn’t figure out why this was...

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Those of us living with kidney disease have a barrel full of things to worry about each day.  Whether we’re predialysis, on dialysis or...
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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