Living with kidney disease since age two, having survived 40 plus surgeries, 13 years of dialysis and now living with my fourth kidney transplant, I founded the Renal Support Network in 1993 to empower others who have kidney disease to become knowledgeable about their illness, proactive in their care, hopeful about their future and make friendships that last a lifetime.
In my spare time I rescue and foster animals in need. Over the last year I have fostered and facilitated the adoption of over 20 dogs who now are living in their forever homes with loving families.
Motivational and educational presentations to both the healthcare community and general public.
I have traveled throughout the Unites States and Internationally giving motivational and educational keynotes, presentations and workshops to healthcare professionals, patients and the general public on how to overcome adversity, pursuing your goals, patient engagement and communication, and how to be your own advocate. MY personal speaking style of using humor and personal stories to make a point leaves audiences laughing and leaving with several points of wisdom to apply to their life and work. Lori’s speaking topics include:
- Finding the Road to Better Care and Happiness
- Patient Engagement: Tips, Tricks, and Pitfalls
- Why I Decided to Become an Advocate and So Should You
- Becoming a Kidney Survivor: Tips to Help Your Patients Thrive
- Lessons Learned: How to Be Chronically Happy
- Patient Engagement: Reality or Annoyance
- The Advances of Transplantation from the Patient’s Perspective