When coping with kidney disease, good health care is always a team effort. Since each member of the team at your dialysis center contributes to your care, it is important for you and your family to work together with them.
Dialysis should be viewed much like a part-time job. It requires family support, continuing education and a focus on maintaining one’s health. Whether you are the person with kidney disease or you are living with someone with kidney disease, it is important to know that it is natural to experience a period of “grieving”. Some may feel denial, anger, depression, anxiety, despair and/or isolation. If at any time you do experience these emotions, know that they are common and you are not alone. Please discuss them with your doctor or social worker so that they can help guide you in overcoming them. Below are some things to keep in mind when you are coping with the stress of kidney disease:
- Keep a positive attitude – find the good side of things
- Set attainable goals
- Get answers – ask questions to become an expert
- Take action – follow your treatment plan
- Seek out support groups
Living with renal failure often affects how people view themselves and their relationships. Our social work staff is trained in helping you deal with the difficulties and challenges that you might be experiencing. We offer resource information and help with problem-solving. We also have a caregiver support group to help those closest to you. Please let us know if you have any questions, and don’t hesitate to contact your social workers. They can be reached at (360) 479-5908.