Topics That Matter To People Living with Kidney Disease
RSN’s KidneyTalk is an online bi-weekly, half-hour radio talk show featuring RSN Founder & President Lori Hartwell. Periodically Stephen Furst, television and movie actor/producer/director and transplant recipient, is her co-host. All shows (over 200 of them!) are available 24hrs a day and can be downloaded for free any time from the iTunes store.
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New Kidney Allocation System Revealed
If you are waiting for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor, you probably already know that waiting times vary throughout the Country and over 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant. The system used to determine who receives a deceased donor kidney is coordinated by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). At the end of 2014, the criteria used for kidney allocation is changing. Lori talks to Dr. Richard Formica, who chairs the OPTN/UNOS Kidney Transplantation Committee to help shed light on the new system, why it was changed and how it will impact people waiting. Listen Now


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Hit the Road, Spread the Word
We spend large amounts of time on the road, some of it just sitting in traffic. If you’re stuck in a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam, you can’t help but stare at the bumper – and license! – of the car in front of you. Yes, here is your chance to make a difference with personalized license plates. You give others in a traffic jam or a parking lot something to look at and something to think about. At the same time, you spread awareness about the important message of organ donation registration. Charlene Zettel, CEO of Donate Life California, explains how easy it is to drive and support organ donation at the same time. You can visit donatelifeplate.org and order special plates with the message of Donate Life. Listen Now

Neuropathy: Learn the Warning Signs & Seek Help
If you have trouble sitting still during prolonged periods of time, like dialysis, for example, because your legs get numb and tingly, these may be signs of a serious medical condition. Susie Gonzalez talks to Lori about the initial symptoms that turned out to be a deterioration of nerves otherwise known as Neuropathy. Listen to the interview and learn more about the signs Susie felt and what you can do to seek help if you may be experiencing it. Listen Now

Hiring Home Health Help
What is a home health worker? It can be your friend, neighbor, relative or a professional that you have hired. There are many things to consider when choosing a home health worker, from the type of help you need (is it chores, wound care, physical therapy) to how you are going to pay for it. Lesley Holden, RN can help shed some light on what to keep in mind to help make the right choice for you or a loved one. Listen Now

Going Viral For A Kidney!
“Let’s take this picture and make it go viral,” said Brandy to her friend Kristi. Little did they know just how successful that campaign would be. Kristi Callaway told her long-time friend Brandy Angel that her husband was in need of a kidney and they came up with a plan to start looking beyond their immediate group of friends and family. Raleigh Callaway, the police officer who had kept quiet about his failing kidneys, suddenly found himself in the middle of a social media whirlwind. Listen to how these friends teamed up to make it happen and how they plan to help others through what they’ve learned. Listen Now

Help! I'm a Blowfish
Among the things you can look forward to after receiving an awaited kidney transplant, food is a big deal. Once you have a working kidney you can start enjoying cheese, chocolate, potatoes, bananas, and numerous other foods (unless you have other dietary restrictions) that could have sent you to the ER prior. However, as Angelique Barber learned and wrote about in her winning essay for RSN's 2014 Annual Essay Contest, that new enjoyment of food combined with the new meds is a recipe for weight gain, and it can happen fast. Listen to Angelique's experience and what she did to stay as healthy as possible. Listen Now

To be Young, Dating… and Living with Kidney Disease
Dating and learning how to deal with body image issues, rejection and acceptance, and intimacy is all part of growing up. But if you have medical issues that are visible, you may have more reservations and be less likely to give yourself a chance. Joanna Galeas chats with Lori about her decision making process when it came to choosing a dialysis method and when and how to tell someone she is dating. Listen to this honest and open conversation about accepting yourself. Warning: moderate sexual content. Listen Now

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