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Coping with Kidney Failure

Having kidney failure means many changes in your life. It may feel like too much to cope with at times, but you can learn how to deal with these emotions and feel better about your treatment and yourself. Learning as much as you can about kidney failure is a good place to start.

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Understanding Your Emotions

Living with a medical condition like kidney failure can be very stressful. It is common at times to feel:

  • Angry and frustrated over having to depend on others.

  • Confused about all the instructions you’ve been given.

  • Worried about things going wrong with your treatment.

  • Hopeless and depressed about your future.

  • Unhappy with your body. Don’t keep these feelings to yourself. Talk to your healthcare team and your loved ones. They may know ways to help.

Accepting Your Body’s Changes

Kidney failure and its treatment cause changes in your body. These changes can affect the way you feel about your sexuality. Your desire for and feelings about sex may change. Be open with your partner about your feelings and talk to your healthcare providers. They can help you understand your body's changes.

Finding Support

People sometimes find it hard to ask others for help. But it's also hard to face a chronic illness alone. When you need some help or just want to talk, turn to friends, family, and members of your healthcare team. Also consider joining a support group. In a support group, people meet to talk about common problems.  Ask your healthcare provider if there is a kidney failure support group nearby.

Resources

National Kidney Disease Education Program

nkdep.nih.gov

NIH Senior Health on Kidney Disease

nihseniorhealth.gov/kidneydisease

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 1/15/2007
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