Education is Key to Living a Better Life with Kidney Disease


According to this week’s guest, Dr. Ken Kleinman, MD, president of Nephrology Medical Associates and CEO of South Valley Regional Dialysis Center in Tarzana, CA, education is the key to managing any chronic illness, especially kidney disease. It’s hard to learn everything you need to know about kidney disease. And when you do learn, you run the risk of forgetting it. But don’t worry… it happens to all of us.

Living with kidney disease is not easy. People really need to understand early on what they are dealing with to be as proactive as they can to improve their own health. When you educate yourself, advocate for yourself, and empower yourself, you not only learn to live with your disease, you learn to live your best life.


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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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