Peter Quaife – The Lighter Side of Dialysis

Peter Quaife - The Kinks-Kidney-Talk

The Lighter Side of Dialysis-Peter-quaifeOn this week’s show, Lori Hartwell and Stephen Furst talk about creative ways to pass the time while on hemodialysis. Their guest is Peter Quaife, a founding member of the British rock group The Kinks who is now on hemodialysis.

Peter gave up the rock & roll lifestyle in the late ’60s to pursue other endeavors including painting, writing, and–after moving to Canada in 1981–drawing political cartoons. To pass the time while on hemodialysis, which he began in 1998, Peter began drawing cartoons about what went on at his dialysis clinic. At the urging of the clinic’s patients and staff, a collection of his cartoons was published under the title “The Lighter Side of Dialysis.” Listen in to hear Peter share his inspiration and advice on how to productively occupy your time while in the dialysis facility.

You can also listen to the podcast on iTunes.

Update: RSN was saddened to learn that Peter Quaife passed away on 23rd June 2010. A foundation has been created in his name to supply kindles, play stations and more (which can be sterilized) to children attending dialysis treatment. Learn more at

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 Illnessand is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.

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