RSN’s KidneyTalk is an online bi-weekly, half-hour radio talk show that launched in June of 2006. This novel undertaking features RSN Founder & President Lori Hartwell. Periodically Stephen Furst, an accomplished television and movie actor/producer/director and transplant recipient is her co-host.

With Lori Hartwell’s 47 years as a renal disease survivor and Stephen Furst’s entertainment credentials, KidneyTalk provides the audience with practical advice on how to live a full and productive life despite CKD. Download free any time from the iTunes store. Click here for the Complete KidneyTalk Interview Index

Choosing Hospice
Quality of life has always been important to Celeste Castillo-Lee. A series of health issues has made her life very challenging.  Celeste shares with the utmost courage why she chose Hospice and how she is preparing for end of life.  Her wisdom, strength and attitude is one for the textbooks. One of her goals in life is to empower and educate her peers as she describes how she came to this choice. This interview is moving, emotional, reminds us how precious life is and not to waste one moment on things that don’t matter. Listen Now



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Treatment Options Taught from Personal Experience
Lubna Akbany was diagnosed with kidney failure in the 5th month of her first pregnancy. While researching her illness she decided to become a renal dietician to better understand her diet. She now educates her peers about modality choices through Fresenius Medical Care’s Treatment Options Program (TOPs) and shares her own personal experience of dialysis and transplant treatments. She tells Lori about her amazing journey of turning lemons into lemonade in this heartwarming and hope-filled interview. Listen Now

Lessons Learned from a World-Class Motivator
A positive and fearless attitude can take you far, says Theresa Nguyen. She was first diagnosed with kidney failure at the age of 14. She has traveled around the world and she explains how her experience with kidney failure has made her very grateful and aware of how tending to her illness is just a way of life, medication and all. In this talk, she describes how she handles day-to-day aspects of living with an illness while being active and not giving into fear. She is an inspiration – a success at work, in her personal life and a model of how you can live your life to the fullest with a positive attitude! Listen Now

Understanding Insurance Options
Kelli Collins, MSW, Senior Director of Patient Services for the National Kidney Foundation, discusses current insurance options with Lori. Finding the right insurance is an overwhelming and confusing task as it is; when you have kidney disease, it is even more complicated.  Collins explains how to minimize out-of-pocket fees while maximizing your options, using all the resources and programs available to you. Do your homework and become well informed, then get the coverage that is right for you! Listen Now

Iraq War Veteran, Fire Fighter, Paramedic: Now Transplant and Dialysis Veteran
Shawn Booker is used to difficult situations. He served in the Army during Operation Desert Storm. After he returned, he went to school to become a fire fighter and paramedic. He comes from a long line of fire fighters and knew this was what he wanted to do. He started dialysis at age 23 and after 4 ½ years, received a successful transplant that lasted 16 years. He now manages dialysis and a demanding job and has a loving family. Shawn shares tips on remaining employed, on the Americans with Disabilities Act, and on his approach to life. "Find something that lights your fuse, and then you can become dynamite!" Listen Now

Is It a Medical Emergency?
Dr. Elaine Kaptein is a nephrologist at USC. She has seen it all when dealing with people who have kidney disease. A common question she gets from patients is, “When should I go to the Emergency Room, and when should I wait?” Dr. Kaptein explains what constitutes an Emergency, and what is essential to bring and to know to save your life. Lori and Dr. Kaptein also share strategies for staying out of the ER, and emphasize the importance of being your own advocate. Listen to this life-saving interview. Listen Now

Reaching 100 on Dialysis: Tips for a Long Joyful Life
Nicknamed the Energizer Bunny, Margaret Boetger learned at the age of 96 that her kidneys were failing. Her only option if she wished to live – she needed dialysis. Now 100 years old and thriving, Margaret shares with Lori how she enjoys every moment, travels to see family members, and makes the most of her life on dialysis. Here are some real tips on how to live a long, joyful life! Listen Now

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