RSN’s KidneyTalk, hosted by Lori Hartwell is an online bi-weekly, half-hour radio talk show that launched in June of 2006. 

Lori Hartwell is the author of Chronically Happy - Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness, and President/Founder of Renal Support Network. A kidney patient since the age of two, she has consistently strived to instill hope into the lives of people who live with chronic kidney disease.

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

RSN would like to share a favorite KidneyTalk memory with co-host Stephen Furst, who passed away Saturday, June 17.

Listen in to our first KidneyTalk show:
Jodi Picoult - Best Selling Author

Honoring Stephen Furst: 
Lori Hartwell and Renal Support Networks Memories of Stephen Furst

Our LATEST KidneyTalk Show!

Q&A with Lori Hartwell

Lori Hartwell, Founder and President of the Renal Support Network and the host of KidneyTalk® responds to questions that people who have kidney disease have asked RSN.

Lori utilizes her lifetime of experiences to provide patient centered answers that can help listeners learn more and navigate their illness successfully. Lori touches upon questions such as the renal diet, dating, relationships, traveling, itchy skin and more.

Recent Shows

Joining Forces to Improve Dialysis Quality of Care In this interview we discuss a subject that concerns all people who have kidney failure.  Eileen Rhodes, MSW is the Patient Services Director for HealthInsight (also known as ESRD Network 18). The ESRD Networks are contracted by Medicare to oversee the quality of dialysis centers and transplant facilities. Learn about what your local ESRD Network does, plus discover volunteer opportunities to become involved and help improve the care of people who have kidney failure.


The Kidney Donors journey: 100 Questions I asked before I donated my kidney Ari Sytner's book is a call to action that humanizes the process and aims to set into motion the type of momentum that will inspire others. Lori talks with Ari about the moment that he began his journey, the events that followed and why he decided to donate a kidney to a complete stranger.




Sleep Disorders in People with Kidney Disease
Sleep is so important, and when you have declining kidney function your sleep habits can change. What happens to your body while you sleep and what can happen if you don’t get enough sleep?  Why are people with kidney disease at more risk for developing a sleep disorder?   When should you seek help, and what kind of doctor should you see?  Dr. Hakimisefat explains all of this and more.


Always Up, Always forward with David Rush

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.


Organ Donation Policies Around the World
with Tom Mone, CEO of OneLegacy
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.



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