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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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

Recent Shows

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

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

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