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Renal Support Network (RSN) is a nonprofit patient-run organization that provides non-medical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD). Call our Hopeline (800) 579-1970 M-F from 10-5pm (PT) to talk to a person who has lived kidney disease. RSN Events: Patient Meetings 9/18, Monthly Support Group  Celebrity Charity Poker/Bingo Tournament 11/12.  

Congratulations to RSN's 14th Annual Essay Contest Winners! 

Theme: What Do You Know Now About Chronic Kidney Disease That You Wish You'd Known When You Were Diagnosed? 

"This year's theme was incredibly moving to me. So much hope, honesty and inspiration in each word that I read. I laughed, I cried and nodded my head in agreement. I am so lucky we have a group of volunteer judges that make the final decision. I want to give everyone an award," said Lori Hartwell, RSN's founder and president. Be inspired! 

Iraq War Veteran, Fire Fighter, Paramedic: Now Transplant and Dialysis Veteran
Shawn Booker is used to difficult situations. He served in the Army during Operation Desert Storm. After he returned, he went to school to become a fire fighter and paramedic. He comes from a long line of fire fighters and knew this was what he wanted to do. He started dialysis at age 23 and after 4 ½ years, received a successful transplant that lasted 16 years. He now manages dialysis and a demanding job and has a loving family. Shawn shares tips on remaining employed, on the Americans with Disabilities Act, and on his approach to life. "Find something that lights your fuse, and then you can become dynamite!" Listen to this Interview

Spring/Summer 2016 Newsletter
The latest Live&Give Newsletter, the "Mindful Living" issue, is out. Arriving now at locations around the country. Make sure your dialysis and/or transplant clinic has theirs, share and read online, and print as many copies as you'd like for yourself and friends. Read Now

Lori Hartwell Featured in Toastmaster Magazine
Lori Hartwell the President and Founder Spreads a Message of Hope in the March 2016 Toastmaster Magazine - Navigating the Two Sides of Healthcare. Read the Article

Latest Posts from the RSN Blog

09/04/2016 Nurses are Everyday Heroes - Happy Nurses Week!

I can recall so many occasions when a nurse helped save my life, calmed my nerves by educating me, or just gave me a reassuring handhold to let me know everything would be okay – these everyday heroes gave me hope.>>

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07/20/2016 Brash Observations, Now That I Am Fifty and Fabulous!

Lori Hartwell (RSN President) has lived with kidney disease for 48 years and shares a few things she has learned while traveling the journey of life. >>

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06/29/2016 Wait to Worry

Whenever I add my signature, I type “Live, Lori” instead of “Love, Lori.” This used to frustrate me since I had to go back and correct it, but I soon realized that my subconscious was trying to tell me something. Kidney disease isn’t for the faint...>>

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05/10/2016 Living in the Moment

A popular saying is “Live in the moment!”  Sounds good when it rolls off someone’s tongue or when you read it to yourself, but how do you actually do it?  I know I am happiest when I am focusing on what is right in front of me. When the...>>

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04/13/2016 Don't Know What You've Got ‘Til It’s Gone

A common saying is, “You don't know what you've got until it's gone.” We often take for granted the very things that keep us living.  I had NO kidneys for 12 years and had to rely on a dialysis machine to live. I never gave much thought to my...>>

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03/01/2016 50 Shades of Yellow

I have always been acutely aware of urine, or the lack of it, as for 12 years I had no kidneys. Urine is the waste the kidneys filter from the blood. Since I was diagnosed at age 2 with kidney disease, most of my doctor’s appointments centered...>>

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02/04/2016 Happy Creatinine - Celebrating Five Years

CREATININE! Everyone who has had a kidney transplant knows the importance of this number. After blood is drawn, we eagerly await the lab report and we are hoping to see a good creatinine number.>>

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01/25/2016 "Once Upon a Prom" RSN Creates Magic for First-Time and Returning Guests

A "Magic Castle" stage backdrop, lighted umbrellas hanging upside down from the ceiling, and elaborate lighted castle/moat centerpieces were special touches to make the room beautiful.  Held at the Glendale Hilton on Sunday, January...>>

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01/13/2016 Princess for a Night

There is no greater feeling than helping someone feel pretty and confident about themselves. In preparation for the 17th Annual Renal Teen Prom, young ladies who are battling the same illness as me got to choose the perfect dress for Prom night.>>

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12/16/2015 The Model Renal Care Worker: from the Patient’s Perspective

Adapted from: Essential Guide to Living with a Chronic Illness by James W. Long, MD>>

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