GLENDALE, Calif., May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Renal Support Network (RSN), a nonprofit, patient-run organization that provides nonmedical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD), encourages people with kidney disease to think back and share with others by entering RSN's 14th Annual Patient Essay Contest. This year's theme is, "What Do You Know Now About Chronic Kidney Disease That You Wish You'd Known When You Were Diagnosed?" All submissions must be written by someone who has been diagnosed with CKD.
"People who successfully adapt to life with a chronic illness like kidney disease learn both universal and specific coping skills," says Lori Hartwell, RSN's founder and president, who was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1968 and the author of Chronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness. "The people who suffer from kidney disease know firsthand the importance of sharing their experiences and inspiring their peers." She added, "There are so many stories and great life lessons that have come from our renal patient community, as RSN's Essay Contest has shown over the years. Every year, we still learn from the incredible stories that people who have kidney disease share with us."
Contest winners will receive cash prizes: First Place, $500; Second Place, $300; and Third Place, $100. The submission deadline is August 1st and winners' names will be announced after September 10th, 2016. The winning essays will be featured in RSN's publication, Live & Give, and posted on RSNHope.org.
For further information about the contest, rules and to read previous winning essays visit www.rsnhope.org/essaycontest
The Renal Support Network (RSN) is a nonprofit patient-run organization that provides nonmedical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD). RSN strives to help patients (dialysis, kidney transplant, and newly diagnosed patients) develop their personal coping skills, special talents, and employability by educating and empowering them and their family members to take control of the course and management of the disease. www.RSNhope.org
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SOURCE Renal Support Network