Winners of the 14th Annual Essay Contest (2016)

THEME: “What Do You Know Now About Chronic Kidney Disease That You Wish You’d Known When You Were Diagnosed?”

1st Place Winner, 14th Annual Essay Contest

Note to Self – 1st Place Winner, 14th Annual Essay Contest

They say hindsight has 20/20 vision. “If I knew then what I know now,” we say, assuming we would make “better” decisions. I am...
Silver Linings - 2nd Place Winner, 14th Annual Essay Contest

Silver Linings – 2nd Place Winner, 14th Annual Essay Contest

I remember the day I got acquainted with chronic kidney disease, in May of 1998, at the tender age of ten. I remember waking...
3rd Place Winner, 14th Annual Essay Contest - I Never Know A Kindy Was More Than A Bean 2016 Essay Contest

I Never Knew a Kidney Was More Than a Bean! – 3rd Place Winner,...

When I was a child and heard the word kidney, I always thought of the bean.  You know the one I mean. The kind...
Essay President's Pick, 14th Annual Essay Contest

The Discombobulated, Yet “Totally Unfiltered, Kidney-Shaped Childhood” – Essay President’s Pick, 14th Annual Essay...

An atom or two slothed off and joined a rival organ. The glomeruli may have had an issue with their nephron overlord and deserted...
Honorable Mention, 14th Annual Essay Contest - Role Model 2016 Essay Contest

Role Model – Honorable Mention, 14th Annual Essay Contest

When I was first diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, I was nine years old. All I knew was that I was suffering and it...
Honorable Mention, 14th Annual Essay Contest - What I Know Now 2016 Essay Contest

What I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then – Honorable Mention, 14th...

The June sun was blazing hot as we sat in our lawn chairs cheering on “Nothin’ Fancy”, our favorite bluegrass group at the Wind...
Honorable Mention, 14th Annual Essay Contest

Too Many Good Intentions – Honorable Mention, 14th Annual Essay Contest

  “Certainly, few of us would intentionally live our lives in a way that might cause kidney failure. Many otherwise rational people, however, find it...

Message From RSN

Now in its 14th year of providing a voice for people who have kidney disease and are passionate about writing, Renal Support Network (RSN) announces the winners of its 14th Annual Essay Contest. This year’s theme was “What Do You Know Now About Chronic Kidney Disease That You Wish You’d Known When You Were Diagnosed?” Entrants needed to meet only one qualification- to have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

“This year’s theme was incredibly moving to me. So much hope, honesty and inspiration in each word that I read. I laughed, I cried and nodded my head in agreement. I am so lucky we have a group of volunteer judges that make the final decision. I want to give everyone an award,” said Lori Hartwell, RSN’s founder and president.

This year’s 1st place winner Sasha Couch said, “I’m surprised and thrilled to win! Having kidney disease can be a very lonely journey despite being surrounded by people who love and support you. It feels less lonely when others who know exactly what you experience daily share their stories and feelings. I really value the stories others share.”

Joy Araujo, who is the second place winner, said, “When I got the phone call that I had won, it truly made my day! I try to remain optimistic throughout my struggles, but sometimes things do get hard. This contest reaffirmed to me that if you just stay positive and keep your head up, miracles can happen!”

Thank you to all who shared their story!

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