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.
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.
Kidney Transplant Dashboard When people are seeking a kidney transplant, it can be difficult to find all the information they need to navigate their illness and the transplant process. RSN’s new Tableau dashboard, “Kidney Donations Save Lives,” makes it easier for patients, families, and friends to understand the options.
The user-friendly dashboard presents data about kidney transplants, on both the national and state levels. With an interactive map, people can click on their state to see information about each transplant center. The dashboard shows how many people are active on the waiting list in your geographical area, what type of solid organ donation transplants each center performs, and the number of kidney transplants done by each hospital.
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.
Online Kidney Disease Support Groups and Social Activities 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 for People Who Have Kidney disease 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.
KidneyTalk® Magazine The Fall/Winter 2022 issue’s cover story features Leslie and Nick, a couple to whom donated kidney is worth its weight in diamonds. The issue also includes articles about dialysis accesses, restless leg syndrome, high potassium and your kidneys plus the top winners of the 20th annual essay contest. Read the digital Fall/Winter 2022 issue online today. click here to sign up to get on the mailing list in time for the Fall/Winter 2022 issue.
Ambient Sounds and Music for Relaxation 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.
KidneyTalk® Podcasts are a great way to learn and all you have to do is tune in when you waiting for the doc, in traffic or want to find a cozy place with your cat on your lap.
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.
Kidney Themed Jewelry Introducing the custom, hand-crafted kidney warrior bronze medallion collection, a perfect gift for a living kidney donor, kidney warrior or kidney care health professional.
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.
Kidney Disease and Dialysis Recipes 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.