Renal Support Network (RSN) is here to empower people who have been diagnosed with kidney disease. Is that you? We know it sucks, we have all been there. We know one thing for sure is if you become knowledgeable about your illness, proactive in your care you will soon see there is lots of hope! Heck, some of us have lived with this illness for 50 plus years and doing great. Click here to read our Survivor Stories
Connecting with people who have already gone down this path is crucial to survivorship. We will tell you what to ask, what to expect and how to deal with lifestyle changes. You will even make a few friends if you hang out with us. We can help you manage all the uncertainties and emotions. If you would like to be part of our kidney kin community, click here to join an online support group.
We have lots of information, so take a few minutes to look around. Here are some highlights.
Announcing the Winners of RSN’s 20th Annual Essay Contest! We congratulate our 1ST – 4TH place winners, 2 President’s Picks, and 12 Honorable Mentions who shared their strategies to survive and thrive with this illness.
Introducing RSN’s “You Make a Difference” Collection Say “Thank You” to your favorite healthcare professional, caregiver, or friend. Let them know how grateful you are for all the times that they’ve provided you with loving care, support and hope. Each lapel pin comes with a mini greeting card and matching quote.
You are never alone with this illness, we have a number of support group and activities online. We have all been where you are and know the myriad of emotions you are going through. One friend makes a difference! You have to do the work and show up.
Online Exercise Classes – Get your much needed exercise at Kidney Kin Fitness with personal trainer, Edina Tanacs and Be Fit While You Sit with personal trainers, Nicole Simpson and Karen Langevin.
The Spring/Summer 2022 issue’s cover story features Bonnie Pachal and how her family offers her support and is helping her search for a living donor. Find articles to help cope with anxiety and stress that comes with having kidney disease plus a 5-course, kidney-friendly brunch recipe collection! Read the digital Spring/Summer 2022 issue online today. click here to sign up to get on the mailing list in time for the Fall/Winter 2022 issue.
We know kidney disease is accompanied by anxiety. From sitting in a dialysis chair for many hours, waiting for a test result or when you just feel overwhelmed. Let your mind and body relax while listing to the comforting sounds. Choose a soothing rainfall, a peaceful forest stream, rainforest birds or calming instrumentals, then close your eyes and let your stress and anxiety fade away.
Get the Scoop on Kidney Stuff with Neff & Nuff! RSN shines a light on kidney health, organ donation and the importance of taking your transplant meds in a clever animated video series featuring two animated kidney stars who educate the public about kidney care. Watch all three videos in English or in Spanish.
Keeping sodium “in check” is the key to controlling your blood pressure and regulating your fluid intake (if you’re on fluid restrictions). But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy food anymore!
We don’t get in to politics here, but we do get into policy. As people who have kidney disease, we need to make every voice count. We are currently supporting several pieces of legislation. Get involved and help us be heard.
RSN Members receive a dose of hope by learning how others succeed
Join at no charge and receive a complimentary subscription to Bi-Annual KidneyTalk™ magazine, RenAlert E-News, invitations to all of RSN’s online kidney kin community events and more.
After reading all this you may be hungry so here are some recipes for people who are on dialysis. When you are on dialysis its important monitor phosphorus, potassium and sodium. If you are not on dialysis and want to learn how to slow the progression down and what to eat, click here to learn about preventing kidney disease or slow the progression.
Call the HOPEline, a peer support phone line at (800) 579-1970 (toll-free) Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm (Pacific Time). The compassionate and knowledgeable people who answer our Hopeline are living a fulfilling life in spite of kidney disease. They can help you understand and learn how to manage chronic kidney disease, no matter what stage of the disease you are in. Talk to someone who knows what it is like to begin dialysis treatments. Learn the steps necessary to get listed for a kidney transplant or become a donor.