For the Love of Nursing and Patient Care


Mary Houglum, RN, has been caring for people who have kidney disease for 42 years. She recently retired, and she shares with Lori what she learned from her patients and the advice she would give health care professionals caring for them. Dialysis care “is a long term relationship, and everyone becomes like family,” says Mary. Listen to this heartfelt interview.

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Hosted By Lori Hartwell

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 book Chronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness and is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.

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