2016 Essay Contest Winners

THEME: "What Do You Know Now About Chronic Kidney Disease That You Wish You'd Known When You Were Diagnosed? 

1st Place
"Note to Self"
by Sasha Couch

2nd Place
"Silver Linings"
by Joy Araujo

3rd Place
"I Never Knew a Kidney Was More Than a Bean!"
by Debbie Sorensen

Honorable mentions:  

"What I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then"
by Virginia Gibson

"Role Model"
by Ishrat Riya Khan

"Too Many Good Intentions"
by Guy Churchouse

For the first time, RSN Founder Lori Hartwell picked an essay that she thought was extraordinary, titled "The Discombobulated, Yet 'Totally Unfiltered, Kidney-Shaped Childhood'" by Stacy Hoblitzell of Santa Rosa, Calif. "This essay spoke to me and the creative angle and poetic pacing is amazing," – Lori Hartwell.