KidneyTalk Blog

07/27/2017 Ricky

It was love at first meow for Ricky and me.  Ricky was a simple and slim white and gray striped tabby cat.  His fur was coarse and shed all over me when he jumped on my lap, pleading and purring for soft strokes and love. He stared...>>

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06/30/2017 Celebrating Our Independence

Cicero once said freedom is “the power to live as one wishes.” Some people would call that anarchy, but I do think he had a point. There are many types of “independence” and “freedom”: individual, spiritual, emotional, financial and political, just...>>

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06/27/2017 The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)

Update: July 17, 2017 New Senate Health Care Bill Revisions still allows states to opt out of key parts of AHA, meaning higher costs for people with pre-existing conditions such as kidney disease. In addition, Ted Cruz’s provision would...>>

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06/18/2017 Honoring Stephen Furst, Lori Hartwell’s dear friend and long-time Renal Support Network supporter

Besides being an actor and film and television director, Stephen Co-hosted RSN's KidneyTalk podcasts which aired its first episode in June 2006. He wrote and directed the short film, "Seymour Jones and the Temple of Chronic Kidney...>>

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05/09/2017 The Resilience of the Human Spirit

I grew up believing that the blind could see. My grandfather taught me that. For instance, he could hear the ice cream truck long before I could, and he always knew who was in the room. He would walk around the neighborhood by himself for hours,...>>

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05/01/2017 Celebrate Nurses Week May 6-12

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04/06/2017 A Beautiful Life and Legacy

I am just incredibly touched by Raquel Gonzalez’s courageous story. I admire so much how upon the death of her beautiful, teen-age daughter Brittany, she was able to take a heartbreaking situation and turn it into an inspirational legacy....>>

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03/01/2017 Overcoming the Stumbling Blocks of Kidney Disease

We've all read stories and articles where the first sentence starts out something like this: "Webster's Dictionary defines __________ as _____________." I almost started this article like that when it struck me that I was the definition of...>>

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02/08/2017 The Great Meerkat Incident that Led to Love

Bill and Ginger have a beautiful love story, with a twist. They met at RSN's support group meeting for people who have kidney disease and bonded over their mutual susceptibility to wanderlust. These two day-trippers prove love and adventure go hand...>>

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01/28/2017 YOUNG GUESTS "SPELLBOUND" AT 18TH RENAL TEEN PROM

RSN's 18th annual Teen Prom was most elaborate event yet!>>

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01/07/2017 Watch a Mom's story of daughter attending Prom.

Yvonne is the mother of Brenna and shares her thoughts about her daughter attending RSN's Renal Teen Prom and how it has impacted her life.>>

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01/06/2017 Teamwork is the Key to Success: Donate Life Float Takes Center Stage in 128th Rose Parade

I have watched the Tournament of Roses parade since I was a child, but it took on new meaning and has given me real inspiration since 2004. That was the first year One Legacy headed up an effort to honor the heroes who make lives, including mine,...>>

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12/14/2016 The Gift of Creativity

“Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.” — Cecil B. DeMille >>

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11/21/2016 Full of Gratitude this Thanksgiving

Celebrating 43 Years of Successful Deceased Donor Transplant >>

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09/04/2016 Nurses are Everyday Heroes - Happy Nurses Week!

I can recall so many occasions when a nurse helped save my life, calmed my nerves by educating me, or just gave me a reassuring handhold to let me know everything would be okay – these everyday heroes gave me hope.>>

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07/20/2016 Brash Observations, Now That I Am Fifty and Fabulous!

Lori Hartwell (RSN President) has lived with kidney disease for 48 years and shares a few things she has learned while traveling the journey of life. >>

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06/29/2016 Wait to Worry

Whenever I add my signature, I type “Live, Lori” instead of “Love, Lori.” This used to frustrate me since I had to go back and correct it, but I soon realized that my subconscious was trying to tell me something. Kidney disease isn’t for the faint...>>

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05/10/2016 Living in the Moment

A popular saying is “Live in the moment!”  Sounds good when it rolls off someone’s tongue or when you read it to yourself, but how do you actually do it?  I know I am happiest when I am focusing on what is right in front of me. When the...>>

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04/13/2016 Don't Know What You've Got ‘Til It’s Gone

A common saying is, “You don't know what you've got until it's gone.” We often take for granted the very things that keep us living.  I had NO kidneys for 12 years and had to rely on a dialysis machine to live. I never gave much thought to my...>>

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03/01/2016 50 Shades of Yellow

I have always been acutely aware of urine, or the lack of it, as for 12 years I had no kidneys. Urine is the waste the kidneys filter from the blood. Since I was diagnosed at age 2 with kidney disease, most of my doctor’s appointments centered...>>

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02/04/2016 Happy Creatinine - Celebrating Five Years

CREATININE! Everyone who has had a kidney transplant knows the importance of this number. After blood is drawn, we eagerly await the lab report and we are hoping to see a good creatinine number.>>

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01/25/2016 "Once Upon a Prom" RSN Creates Magic for First-Time and Returning Guests

A "Magic Castle" stage backdrop, lighted umbrellas hanging upside down from the ceiling, and elaborate lighted castle/moat centerpieces were special touches to make the room beautiful.  Held at the Glendale Hilton on Sunday, January...>>

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01/13/2016 Princess for a Night

There is no greater feeling than helping someone feel pretty and confident about themselves. In preparation for the 17th Annual Renal Teen Prom, young ladies who are battling the same illness as me got to choose the perfect dress for Prom night.>>

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12/16/2015 The Model Renal Care Worker: from the Patient’s Perspective

Adapted from: Essential Guide to Living with a Chronic Illness by James W. Long, MD>>

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