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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Disaster Watch – The Kidney Community is Prepared
An emergency can arise in so many ways, and if you are on dialysis you need to know what to do. Joan Thomas is the Kidney Community Emergency Response Program Director of the ESRD National Coordinating Center, and works with communities to provide dialysis if a center isn't operational. She explains what people on dialysis need to know and have on hand, and the different communication and dietary strategies that ensure optimal health and survival if a disaster strikes. Listen Now


Recent Shows

Participating in Your Dialysis Care Plan
Every person on dialysis has a care plan. Joanna Galeas is on Peritoneal Dialysis and talks about the importance of joining with your healthcare team in creating and developing a care plan. A Dialysis Care plan is a standard that the patient, doctor, nurse, social worker and dietitian to uses to review and note progress and make any changes as your health issues change. This may sound boring, but it can mean your life, so listen to Joanna explain how she is involved in her care plan and how that empowers her to enhance her own care and wellbeing. Listen Now

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

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

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