Speech Topics for Patients and Family Members

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: Lessons Learned from Experience
Living with chronic kidney disease has all the elements of a really good game: it is challenging, requires a team effort, calls for strategy, and at times can be amusing. However, the truth is that surviving kidney disease is not a game. So what does it take to be a survivor? Patient speakers share their experiences, strength, and hope.

Organ Donation: Myth or Fact?
Lori talks about the importance of organ donation and transplantation and describes the pros and cons of receiving a kidney transplant. Her story will touch your heart as she explains how donors can share the gift of life and medical technology can make it possible.

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.