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Are there any other suggestions on how to cope?
Yes, I'm glad you asked. Listed below are a few things to keep in mind when you are coping with the stress of kidney disease:

  • Keep a positive attitude. You can do this by appreciating those who offer support, by finding the good in situations even when there doesn't seem to be any, and by living the "Golden Rule" by treating others how you want to be treated.
  • Have goals and a purpose. For example, you can do this by setting a goal for the amount of exercise you are going to achieve, by volunteering to help others, or by being a spokesperson who is willing to educate others about kidney disease.
  • Get as much education as you can about kidney disease. The more you know, the more empowered you will become. Ask questions! You can't follow medical advice that you can't understand, so ask!
  • Follow your doctor's orders. You will need to eat a balanced diet, exercise, and take any medications that are prescribed.
  • Share your feelings with your friends and family. The sharing will help your family and friends better understand you and what they can do to help.
  • Join a support group for people with kidney disease. Sometimes it's just nice to be among people who are experiencing the same things that you are.
  • Continue to do the things you have always enjoyed doing. Don't give up your passion. Find a way to work through the changes. Remember, you manage your kidney disease, it should not manage you.

You have taken an important step toward educating yourself about chronic kidney disease. This step will empower you to take control of your health. Even with all the things to remember, choices to make, and lifestyle changes that will need to happen, you are still in control. Work with your healthcare team. Find ways to accomplish your goals. Remember, education will empower you.

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