Transitioning out of Childhood for Young People with CKD

childhood-onset CKD - kidney talk

childhood-onset CKDLori has a heart-to-heart with Dr. Maria Ferris, Pediatric Nephrologist from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and specialist in treating adolescents and young adults with CKD.  They discuss the unique challenges a young person can face, both those with childhood-onset CKD and those who develop CKD in their adolescence.  Dr. Ferris and the team at UNC Kidney Center have developed helpful guidelines and tools for young people with CKD and their parents to help “smooth” what can often be a difficult transition; growing up can have a whole new meaning when you have CKD!  All this and more, including discussion on the challenges of completing your education when you have CKD.

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

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