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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Fostering & Adopting a Child: What to Consider When You Have an Illness
Vernita Royal has Polycystic Kidney Disease and many of her family members suffer from it and have a kidney transplant or are on dialysis. She tells Lori her story, what she has learned and what people need to consider if they are adopting or fostering a child with an illness. She also debunks the myth that you cannot be single and adopt. She is a former Social Worker for adoptions and is very familiar with the process, but found it was completely different being the one trying to get approved. Listen to her journey and find out if she was matched with a child. Listen Now

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Don't Bug Me! Understanding Infectious Disease
Phillip Zakowski, MD is a specialist in infectious diseases and he shares with Lori several strategies to stay bug free both pre- and post-transplant. He explains the risks and warning signs of infection, types of common infections, foods to avoid, vaccines to get and how to handle pets. The information in this show can save your life. Listen Now

Not Losing Sight of Your Dreams
Ardis Bazyn is a motivational speaker, business coach and author. She lost her sight in a car accident at a young age. In this motivating interview, Ardis shares with Lori how she has overcome obstacles and has used technology, travel and coping strategies to fulfill her goals in life and live the life she wants to live. Make the impossible possible is her motto. Listen Now

Take a Good Bite: Dental Health & Nutrition
Good nutrition coupled with good dental hygiene is key to good health. Cher Thomas explains why this is so important for people with chronic kidney disease, how problems can arise if you are not chewing your food properly or making enough saliva, and the risks factors for gum disease and cavities. Cher has been a transplant patient for more than 16 years and is passionate about educating her peers to improve their oral, and overall, health. Listen Now

Living on the Bridge 
Judy Weintraub has a store of knowledge, gained from experience, she would like to share with the renal community. On dialysis for more than 40 years, Judy shares with Lori her wisdom, her philosophy of life and most importantly how she has come to accept her health and cherish every moment. She is currently working on a documentary titled "Life on the Bridge," to share her story and to inspire those who may think they are in limbo to live the fullest life possible. "It's all about what you love and who you love," says Judy. Listen Now

Understanding Dialysis and Blood Pressure
Have you ever been confused as to why your blood pressure goes up or down? Are you frustrated because you don’t have the faintest idea why? Sandy explains to Lori how the vascular system works, how different types of blood pressure medication work, and what you can do to help keep your BP in the normal range. The information in this interview could help you make a life-saving decision at a critical time, so you may want to take notes. Listen Now

Green Bay Packer's Football Player Goes the Extra Yard to Live
John Brockington was one of many men who ignored the warning signs of health issues until he ended up in Emergency. John played football at Ohio State and for the Green Bay Packers and was in top shape. He didn’t think his body could fail him. Diane Brockington stepped forward and was a match. Listen to their remarkable story, and how their journey led them to help others through the John Brockington Foundation. Listen Now

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