Speech Topics for Medical Professionals

Finding the Road to Better Care and Happiness 
In this powerful and entertaining presentation, Lori recounts her version of "The Wizard of Oz.” She acknowledges the professionals who helped her, a chronically ill patient, find her heart, her brain, and her courage. She shares what she has learned and provides concrete, specific advice on how patients and professionals can communicate more effectively with one another.

You Make a Difference!
Lori reviews movie hits to help understand the importance of communicating effectively with people who have kidney disease.  She recognizes the healthcare heroes and pays tribute to their contribution to the renal care field. 

Patient Engagement: Tips, Tricks, and Pitfalls
Everyone wants people with kidney disease to be involved in their own care and to have the best possible quality of life. But how do we make that happen? Lori shares her perspective on how to effectively engage patients in their care through communication, peer support, social media, and support groups. Learn what you can do to help your patients derive optimal outcomes and enhanced well-being.

Why I Decided to Become an Advocate and So Should You
Most people would agree that regulatory and legislative issues are important but boring. In 1968, when Lori’s kidneys failed, dialysis was in its infancy, and there was no Medicare reimbursement. Now over 450,000 people are on dialysis. Lori has lived through all of these developments and explains where we have been, where we are now, and how you can use your voice and lend your skills to help shape the future.

Becoming a Kidney Survivor: Tips to Help Your Patients Thrive
Surviving chronic kidney disease requires a team effort. Health care professionals will learn about the history of dialysis and what it has meant for survival, as well as ways to support and encourage patients who want to be more involved in their own care. Lori discusses the ways patients can share their own long-term survival techniques to motivate and encourage fellow patients.

Lessons Learned: How to Be Chronically Happy
Developing kidney disease at the age of 2 and learning to live with it have taught Lori that adversity introduces you to yourself. While it is easy to become resentful when you have a chronic illness, you cannot change the hand you were dealt—but you can learn to make the most of it. Lori reveals how she has achieved a joyful life despite coping with the many challenges kidney disease has meant for her.

Chronically Happy, Damn It!
Is the glass half-empty or half-full? Life is largely about perception. Lori says, “If I focused on everything that is wrong with me medically, I wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning.” She talks about the emotions that patients experience and explains how anger, when properly channeled, can be a great motivator. She helps professionals learn how to manage and direct that anger and sheds light on some of the darkness and depression that patients face.

The Advances of Transplantation from the Patient’s Perspective
Lori was a pioneer patient and shares her journey through four kidney transplants and the changes in the options available to patients over the years.

Patient Engagement: Reality or Annoyance
Patient engagement might be a bit more time-consuming, but it delivers unparalleled rewards. By acknowledging the importance of feedback, health care professionals can provide patients with a sense of their own importance and empower them. Lori draws on her many years as a patient to share tips on how to foster an environment that will encourage true teamwork and ensure better outcomes.