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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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


Recent Shows

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

Prepare for Surgery - Do I Have What I Need?
Surgery can be stressful and create unforeseen obstacles one may not be aware of. Being prepared for surgery can reduce nervousness, stress levels and anxiety. Lifetime patients Heather Powell and Lori Hartwell discuss what they do to prepare for surgery. Listen Now

Denied Access to Transplant
No one wants to be told they’re not a candidate for a kidney transplant if that’s what their hopes are. Kathryn Bornhurst, Transplant Coordinator, shares why a healthcare professional may ask you do to additional testing, or tell you you’re not a candidate for a transplant. With over 100,000 people waiting for a kidney, they want to assure the best outcomes. Listen to this show and hear the ins and outs of why you might be denied. Listen Now

Smart Searching for Health Information
Paul Seville is no stranger to health issues, as he was diagnosed as a child with chronic kidney disease. Paul later decided to become a medical doctor and use his knowledge and personal experience to help people. He shares his wisdom of navigating the internet and tips of where you can find credible information. Paul is a Clinical Informaticist at WebMD Health Services. Listen Now

Vegan, Vegetarian, & Variety: What You Need to Know!
Dietitian and food technologist Dr. Nancy Berkoff talks about the different kinds of vegetarian diets and the various sources of protein. She explains what tofu and soy are, where they come from, and how you can prepare them. Since renal diets require high-quality proteins, listen to this informative interview to find out what your options are and what might work best for you as you watch your sodium, potassium, and phosphorus intake. Listen Now

Alport Syndrome and Kidney Failure, A Family Story
Alport Syndrome is an underdiagnosed and commonly misdiagnosed disease whose symptoms often go undetected. Sharon Lagas established the Alport Syndrome Foundation after losing her 38-year-old brother to this hereditary illness and then learning that she, her mother, and her two sons and two nieces also had it. Sharon explains what is involved and shares her personal story. Listen to this interview to learn more about the disease and the ongoing research into it, and find out how to stay informed. Listen Now

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