Lori Hartwell has made a difference in the lives of people with chronic kidney disease by proving that it is possible to have a fulfilling life despite chronic illness, despite developing kidney disease at age two, and despite 40 plus surgeries, 13 years of dialysis, and four kidney transplants. Lori founded the patient-led Renal Support Network (RSN) in 1993 to promote “health, happiness, and hope” in the lives of her fellow patients.
As a sought-after inspirational and motivational speaker, she has appeared on dozens of radio programs and news programs; those experiences led her to create and co-host “KidneyTalk!”—a unique online radio talk show aimed at those affected by CKD. Over the years, she has developed numerous programs for RSN, reaching out to the millions of people with kidney disease across the nation.
Lori is married to Dean Hartwell and they have 4 dogs, 1 cat and a parrot.
Lori Hartwell is the author of Chronically Happy— Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness, an inspirational guidebook for handling lifestyle and other nonmedical issues that arise in the course of chronic disease. Her annual Renal Teen Prom has enjoyed local broadcast and national cable television coverage.
Lori is an in-demand contributor to peer-reviewed medical journal and nephrology professional publications. She is the Patient Voice Editor of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.