Kidney disease forces patients and their families into new situations, feelings, and relationships. Facing and adjusting to your kidney disease is one of the biggest challenges can face. You may have asked the question, “Why me?” You may have to cope with financial, emotional and physical experiences that you have never experienced before.
A lot of stress is put on you and your family when your kidneys fail. Understanding and dealing with that stress will make a difference and provide a happier, more normal life. A good way to start is to educate yourself and your family about your disease. Knowing what to expect from your illness will make it easier to cope. Realize that you may not be able to do all of the things that you did before you became ill. Don’t feel guilty.
Concentrate on what you can do. The most important thing is to follow the care plan that your doctor has prescribed. This means taking your medications as prescribes, following your diet, and dialyzing the correct amount of time at each treatment session. When you correctly follow your care plan, you will feel better and will be able to handle problems that may arise. At Renal Ventures, our Care Teams will be a great source of support and information.
Below are resources and information to help you as a CKD or ESRD patient.