Finding Support for Kidney Disease
Dealing with chronic kidney disease every day can be challenging. Learning to cope with the disease is the first step to take charge of it. Take time to learn about your unique condition and treatment. Talk with your healthcare team and ask questions about your condition and resources to learn more.
Talk with your team
Over time, you'll work with a team of healthcare providers, nurses, dietitians, technicians, pharmacists, and social workers. They want to help you feel as good as you can. If you are confused or worried, ask them questions. Find out what changes in treatment might mean. Knowing more about your illness may make its treatment less scary and easier to follow. If needed, your healthcare provider may ask you to see a counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist to help you with your mental health. These resources can also help your family members.
Managing any chronic disease includes lifestyle changes. Find an expert to help you reach your goals with less frustration. The people who successfully make lifestyle changes are rewarded with a longer healthier life.
Talk to others with kidney disease
When it comes to support, the experts are the people who are living with kidney disease. They know what you are going through. Talking with other people with kidney disease can give you insight. It can also give you new ways to cope. Sharing experiences may also help you see that you are not alone. And sometimes that's all it takes to make life a little easier. The same is true for family members who need support.
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