Lori Hartwell has lived with kidney disease since age 2, has survived 40-plus surgeries, 13 years of dialysis and is now living with her fourth kidney transplant. Lori founded the patient-led Renal Support Network in 1993 to instill “health, happiness, and hope” into the lives of fellow patients. She is the author of Chronically Happy – Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness, an inspirational guidebook for handling lifestyle and numerous other non-medical issues that come up in the course of chronic disease. She also is the host of the KidneyTalk Podcast.
The founder of the Renal Support Network discusses why patients with chronic kidney disease want Congress to change Medicare policy to allow payment for oral treatments for anemia caused by iron deficiency.