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Announcing the Winners of RSN's 19th Annual Essay Contest!

This year the theme, “Who is Your Healthcare Hero?” is all about the champions on your medical care team.

“Facing the reality of living with kidney disease is hard,” says Lori Hartwell, President and Founder of RSN, “and learning how to manage your care can be challenging. No one can do this alone. We received close to 100 essays from people across the United States writing about how their healthcare providers became their heroes while leading them on the journey of managing their health. We are grateful to everyone who took the time to share their personal story. It was tough to choose our winners, because in this time of the coronavirus, all healthcare providers are heroes.”

This year’s first place winner, Abigail Clary, says, “The RSN Essay Contest provides a much-needed platform for individuals with kidney disease to share their stories and connect through writing. It takes a team to fight kidney disease, and I love that this year’s topic provided the chance to honor the healthcare workers who do so much for us.” 

Read and Listen to the Winning Essay of the 19th Annual Essay Contest:

Tina’s Gift, 1st Place Winner, 19th Annual Essay Contest

The pediatric lab services station at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) did not always have its own home. Sometimes it was...

Ode to Nurse Mary the Pirate, 2nd Place Winner, 19th Annual Essay Contest

When my kids were little, in a different place and time, we watched Veggie Tales every day. These days my kids have marooned me...

Dialysis Wonder Woman, 3rd Place Winning Essay (Tie) 19th Annual Essay Contest

I am not a perfect patient. When I first began dialysis, I missed treatments, and not always accidentally. As I progressed in my journey...

24K Magic, 3rd Place Winning Essay (Tie) 19th Annual Essay Contest

Tap, tap, tap! The doctor kept tapping on my forehead. “Is it over yet?” I asked as he kept tapping. “Don’t think about it,” he stated...

Tabitha Taught Me to Live, Not Just Survive, President’s Pick, 19th Annual Essay Contest

In March 2019, a door slammed shut. I found myself in the intensive care unit of my local hospital, dazed, in pain, and begging...

My Doctor, My Protector, Honorable Mention, 19th Annual Essay Contest

“Mom, will it hurt?” These were the first words that came out of my mouth the day after my kidneys completely stopped working. The day after I...

Head and Shoulders Above the Rest, Honorable Mention, 19th Annual Essay Contest

When I embarked upon my dialysis journey, I was not a willing participant. I had been diagnosed with stage 4 chronic kidney disease in...

Heroes Come in Many Different Forms, Honorable Mention, 19th Annual Essay Contest

When I was a child, I told myself that 32 was going to be a year in which something magical happened. I didn’t know...

Hornets and the Rose-colored Stethoscope, Honorable Mention, 19th Annual Essay Contest

… I couldn’t believe it. I was numb as I rose from the conference table and headed toward the inner sanctum of the dialysis...

Human, Honorable Mention, 19th Annual Essay Contest

Writing this essay is an exercise in gratitude. My kidneys failed 12 years ago so I have had all types of challenges. I know...

Dr. K, Honorable Mention, 19th Annual Essay Contest

April 5, 1998, is not a day that you’ll read about in history books many years from now. It is a day I will...

Brighter Skies, Honorable Mention, 19th Annual Essay Contest

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening, I pass through an empty lobby and walk directly to the white door. After firmly pressing the silver...

Lucky, Honorable Mention, 19th Annual Essay Contest

Wow, what a great theme to write an essay about. Unfortunately, with our overburdened healthcare professionals also suffering from the COVID-19 virus both mentally...

Hope, Honorable Mention, 19th Annual Essay Contest

To answer the question, “Who is your Healthcare Hero,” I had to take a sobering look at what the word ‘hero’ truly means to...

You Saved My Life, and For That I Am Grateful, 19th Annual Essay Contest

I was born and raised in the small town of Blythe, California. In recent years my life forever changed as I was sadly diagnosed...

The Day My Life Got Interesting, 19th Annual Essay Contest

“Is your blood pressure always this high?” asked Dr. Craven. Every day since turning 35, headaches followed me to bed. There was no need for...

Nurse Judy, 19th Annual Essay Contest

Nurse Judy loves me and my mom, but we are not related to her. We did not know her until my kidney problem became...

Thanks to Our 2021 Corporate Partners

Gold

FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE

Silver

SPONSOR-LOGO-AKEBIA
U.S. Renal Care

Bronze

Ardelyx logo
AstraZeneca
Dialysis Clinic Inc