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

David Rush is a producer and recording artist who is living his life to the fullest despite his long battle with kidney failure. As a young man, David was told if he didn’t start dialysis soon he wouldn’t see his next birthday.  David shares how he traveled extensively as the opening act for Pitbull while doing home hemo-dialysis in his Hotel rooms.  He shares how he maintains his high energy, active lifestyle while raising two children with his wife and pursuing his music goals.  David talks with Lori his personal mantra and the secret to realizing his dreams while managing his health. 

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A limited supply of organs continues to hinder organ transplantation around the world. A significant percentage of potential organ donors are lost either to medical failure, or through an inability to obtain consent for donation.  Millions of people in the world have benefited from organ transplantation and it remains the primary treatment for kidney failure. Listen in as Lori and Tom discuss policies and the evolution of transplantation and what the future holds for living and deceased organ donation in our own country and around the world.



Sage Advice From Someone Who's Been There
Jorge Caraveo Gamboa is 29 years young and has lived with kidney disease since he was 2. 
At the age of three he was diagnosed with Hemolytic uremic syndrome, which caused his kidneys to fail. He has had 2 transplants, and is on the waiting list for a third transplant. Jorge is an inspiration to many of his peers at RSN’s local support group for people with kidney disease. While growing up with kidney disease he learned a lot about how to manage his health and even his overall mood while on dialysis. He shares with Lori how he has learned how to communicate with care providers and co-manage his treatment alongside his doctor.



What Do The Kidneys Do and Why Should You Care?
We commemorated National Kidney Month with a conversation with Bill Poirier, RN.  Kidneys –often referred to as the master chemists of the body– are amazing organs. But it isn’t until a large portion becomes damaged that you begin to see symptoms. Learn all about kidneys, their function and how they support each of the major organs in the body. Gain important knowledge about the signs of failing kidneys and who might be at higher risk for developing kidney disease.

Bill began his lengthy career as a tech in a dialysis unit. He has served on the Medical Review Board for ESRD Network 9 & 10, he's an active member of Kidney Care Partners. He is currently the Regional Administrator of Greenfield Health Systems and is the Pres. elect for the National Renal Administrators Association.


Anemia Management
Dr. Gupta is a practicing academic nephrologist and the inventor of iron replacement compound Triferic. In this KidneyTalk podcast, Dr. Gupta helps us understand anemia, its symptoms and its complications. At one time, anemia was treated only with transfusions. Today there are more options available. Dr. Gupta offers information about these options including how intravenous iron treatments compare with other medications. Lori and Dr. Gupta discuss how you can become your own advocate by understanding your lab values. Learn details about ferritin, hemoglobin, hematocrit levels and more about what your labs mean. Learn the importance of discussing your labs and treatment options with your doctor.


A Lifetime of Discovery
When diagnosed at age 8, Heather Powell did not have a lot of treatment options and many were still in the testing phase. Now, after growing up with kidney disease Heather has found herself re-learning the treatment options available to her. Heather is living proof that you don't have to give up quality of life and that much can be accomplished with a positive attitude. People who are diagnosed today and now have to live with kidney disease can learn a lot from people like Heather, who paved the way before them. Listen in as she discusses with Lori her tips and strategies to help you cope and search for the next treatment that will help you improve your life.

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 


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


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