Renal Support Network (RSN) is a nonprofit organization that provides non-medical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD). Call our Hopeline (800) 579-1970 M-F from 10-4pm (PT) to talk to a person who has lived with kidney disease. 

Calling all Storytellers who have kidney disease, Share your Experience!

Enter RSN's 15th Annual Essay Contest.

This year's theme is "Describe a positive decision that you have made about your healthcare." 

First Prize: $500, Second Prize: $300, Third Prize: $100

Winning essay's will be published on RSNhope.org and in Live&Give newsletter.

Read the 2016 Winning Essays

Listen to the Latest KidneyTalk show hosted by Lori Hartwell

Sleep Disorders in People with Chronic Kidney Disease 
Sleep is so important, and when you have declining kidney function your sleep habits can change. What happens to your body while you sleep and what can happen if you don’t get enough sleep?  Why are people with kidney disease at more risk for developing a sleep disorder?   When should you seek help, and what kind of doctor should you see?  Dr. Hakimisefat explains all of this and more. 

Celebrate Spring in Colorful Style

EmbraceHOPE Jewelry: Inspiring Women Collection
Each of the handmade Inspiring Women bracelets is dedicated to an incredible woman who has made an impact in my life. Making jewelry has always been a way to help me cope with kidney disease, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to honor these women, who are as unique as the bracelets themselves. - Lori Hartwell. View the collection

Latest Posts from the RSN Blog

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,...>>


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....>>


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...>>


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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