Renal Support Network (RSN) announced the winners of its 14th Annual Essay Contest. This year’s theme was “What Do You Know Now About Chronic Kidney Disease That You Wish You’d Known When You Were Diagnosed?” Entrants needed to meet only one qualification— to have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

This year’s winners include:

  • 1st Place – “Note to Self,” by Sasha Couch of Santa Monica, Calif.
  • 2nd Place – “Silver Linings,” by Joy Araujo of Fishers, Ind.
  • 3rd Place – “I Never Knew a Kidney Was More Than a Bean!” by Debbie Sorensen, Fullerton, Calif.

“This year’s theme was incredibly moving to me. So much hope, honesty and inspiration in each word that I read,” said Lori Hartwell, RSN’s founder and president.

More information about the essay winners is available on RSN’s website.