March is also National Social Work month. We’ve added web pages to the Network 16 website describing a few skills that social workers bring to patients and facilities. Among the many things social workers do are:
Dialysis Patient Citizens will present a webinar on Sex and Intimacy with CKD March 23, 2017. Sex is good medicine. It has health benefits, feels good, strengthens relationships and makes life more rewarding. CKD can interfere with physical intimacy, but it can’t prevent it. Learn about why sex is important, possible, and beneficial. Learn ways to be intimate that any body can do, how to enjoy it more, and how to find new sources of physical connection. For more information on the webinar and registration, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/DPC.sex.0317.pdf .
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will co-sponsor a free webinar titled The Transforming Power of Music, with Olivia Newton-John and Friends on January 30, 2017. Loss and grief occur for many reasons — whether it’s caring for a seriously ill patient, or losing a loved one, a relationship, one’s health, a pet, or a job. It’s important to remember that each person’s grief is as individual as his or her DNA – and there truly is no timeline for healing from loss. With the fast-paced society we live in, we are often forced to “get over things.” However, grief has its own clock. For details and registration see https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5001456673658620163 .
The Renal Support Network will sponsor their 18th Annual Renal Teen Prom in Glendale CA on January 15, 2017. Many teenagers with kidney disease miss large amounts of school because of prolonged absences due to health. The prom, free to kidney disease patients between the ages of 14 and 24 and a companion, brings these young people together to share their experiences, strengths, and hopes. As one of last year’s attendees said, “Once you’ve been here at the prom, everyone is like family to you. This is my sixth year coming to the prom. I started when I was at a very low point in my life with medical issues and depression and this event really cheered me up. The other 364 days of the year, I’m a girl with an illness, but on this night I’m here to have fun and I’m actually myself.” For details, invitations, and opportunities to support the Prom, see http://www.rsnhope.org/renal-teen-prom/ .
The Renal Support Network has published the work of its 2016 Annual Essay Contest, on “What do you know now about CKD that you wish you knew when you were diagnosed?” Find the essays at http://www.rsnhope.org/essay-contest/ .