Addiction and Kidney Disease


KidneyTalk this week takes on a difficult and very serious topic—drug and alcohol addiction among kidney patients. Lori and Stephen chat with Bobby Walker, a fellow kidney patient, who has lived a life involving drug and alcohol abuse. Lori, Stephen, and Bobby discuss the issues of addiction, including how it affects families.

Tune in to listen to Bobby’s amazing, courageous, and inspiring story. He’s touching hearts and changing lives and he’ll touch your heart and change your life, too. This is definitely a remarkable story about hope.

You can also listen to the podcast on iTunes.

With your Hosts…

Stephen Furst Stephen Furst got his big break into movies in “Animal House,” in which he played Flounder. Stephen has also starred as Dr. Elliot Axelrod in “St. Elsewhere” and as Vir Cotto in “Babylon5.” He is a successful television and movie producer/director and a kidney patient.


Lori Hartwell is the Founder & President of Renal Support Network (RSN) and the host of KidneyTalk®, a radio podcast show. Lori was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two. In 1993 she founded RSN to instill “health, happiness and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease. Lori is also the author of the inspirational bookChronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness and is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.

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