Announcing the Winners of RSN's 17th Annual Essay Contest

RSN’s Annual Patient Essay Contest provides an outstanding opportunity for people who have chronic kidney disease, including people on dialysis and kidney transplant recipients, to make a valuable contribution to society by expressing their ideas, views, and most importantly, hope. The 17th annual contest theme “Kidney Warriors: How Do You Fight This Battle And Win?” allowed writers to share their courageous perspective of survival. Entrants needed to meet only one qualification — to have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Winners received cash prizes and are featured in RSN’s KidneyTalk Magazine and on RSNHope.org.

Thank you to everyone who entered RSN’s 17th annual essay contest! Read the Press Release.

Read and listen to the winning essays:

“The Warrior” – 1st Place Winner, 17th Annual Essay Contest

You take me back To a time and place That I do not want to be That I do not want to face That is my worst enemy Where...

Cape of TRIUMPH – 2nd Place Winner, 17th Annual Essay Contest

When is the best time to admit to a deep desire to own a cape? A desire so strong, you have to pursue the...

Nephrons of Wisdom from a Kidney Shaken Survivalist – 3rd Place Winner, 17th Annual...

In the beginning I was a painfully shy, embarrassingly awkward, and endlessly imaginative little toothpick of a boy who was completely unaware of the...

My Mother’s Toolbox –4th Place Winner, 17th Annual Essay Contest

As a young girl, I distinctly remember my mother’s toolbox. It was a large black box that held a variety of helpful tools—a hammer,...

Yes, I AM: A 40-Year Survivor’s Declaration

I watch the young man, shivering, curled up in a ball at the end of the couch I'm sitting on. You hear about addiction,...

Wisdom of Warriors –Honorable Mention, 17th Annual Essay Contest

“This is Sparta!” If you have ever seen the movie 300, then you know that these epic words were spoken by one King Leonidas....

“Never Give Up” – Honorable Mention, 17th Annual Essay Contest

Some people may think that to win the fight against kidney disease requires a transplant, or they might invest their hope in the much...

The Art of War, Honorable Mention, 17th Annual Essay Contest

“From the neck up is where you win or lose the battle. It's the art of war. You have to lock yourself in and...

Bloodied, Bruised, But Not Broken –Honorable Mention, 17th Annual Essay Contest

Few people are born warriors. Most often, those called to battle are ordinary commoners forged into fierce combatants by the fires of tribulation. The...

Kidney 411 –Honorable Mention, 17th Annual Essay Contest

Welcome to Kidney 411! You’ve been involuntarily signed up for this life-long course because your kidneys have decided to slack off or generally cause...

Iron Warrior –Honorable Mention, 17th Annual Essay Contest

My name, Ferris, means iron, and after eight major surgeries in ten years my friends call me the “Iron Warrior.” The surgeries included five...

“We have created a following of amazing writers. We received over 100 essays from all across the United States. I read each one with pride, tears and admiration for the strength of my peers. Judging is very challenging, and I want to give everyone a prize. RSN has a committee of judges who help us determine the winners. It was so close we added a 4th place prize and have more honorable mention winners than ever. This year the top five essay winners recorded audio of themselves reading their essays. This new feature offers a unique, personal connection with the listener and has breathed spirited life into their stories. I am blown away by their narrating skill and how the emotional journey was evoked by their readings. We discovered an untapped talent!” says Lori Hartwell, President and Founder of RSN.

Read Past Essays

Hakuna Matata – Honorable Mention 16th Annual Essay Contest

When I was first diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of 23, I was young with no plan on how to cope with...

Get the Essay Collection Book

Book of Essays - Renal Support Network

RSN’s book of essays “Hope, Inspiration & Wisdom: A Treasury of Thoughts on Coping with Kidney Disease” is available for purchase.
Order the Printed Book for $14.95 or the Kindle Book for $6.99

Thanks to Our 2019 Corporate Partners

Gold

FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE

Silver

U.S. Renal Care

Bronze

Dialysis Clinic Inc
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