Managing Kidney Disease

Hi! I’m Mary, a Dialysis Nurse at Fresenius Kidney Care
  • Here are some essential facts to understand about chronic kidney disease (CKD):
  • CKD has 5 stages.
  • There are treatments that can help slow disease progression.
  • Eventually, CKD progresses to end stage renal disease (ESRD) or kidney failure—but it could take years.
  • You have several treatment options for ESRD. Talk to your doctor about what fits best with your life.


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Coping With Chronic Kidney Disease

The journey of living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) begins with diagnosis, which many people find challenging to accept, embrace and act on. You’ll no doubt experience all kinds of emotions—grief, fear, denial, anger, depression and feeling overwhelmed—which are perfectly normal reactions. One important part of dealing with CKD is recognizing that experiencing those feelings is a process and there’s support available to help you through it.


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Ways to empower yourself—and your best health

Get educated. Learning all you can about CKD will help you make informed treatment decisions. Find CKD resources here.
Plan ahead. Research CKD treatments, even if you don’t need them yet. Know the details of your health coverage. And have a plan for what’s next.
Communicate. Talk about how you’re feeling—and listen to how your family feels as well. Good communication is vital to adjusting to living with CKD. Bad days may happen, but strong support will help get you through them. 
Ask for help. To take the best care of yourself, you may need to reach out for more assistance than usual—and that can take some getting used to. If you have questions or feel stuck, talk to your treatment team. They can help support you and your family with answers about your CKD diagnosis, treatment options and how you can live your best with CKD.

“This condition didn’t happen overnight—you will not understand it overnight. It’s a day-to-day learning. Ask questions.”

Fresenius Kidney Care Clinical Manager

Start building your support team

The people that care about you will look out for you as you find your footing with CKD, but you have to let them in. As you learn more about your condition, work on getting comfortable talking about CKD. You can also turn to your treatment team for information and advice. They’ll help you set goals and find additional support if you hit a rough patch.

Acceptance is key

Being diagnosed with CKD will certainly bring some changes to your life and to the lives of the people close to you. The changes may not always be easy—but they’ll be worth it. Accepting the need for these changes and embracing the positive results can make them easier to get used to.

"‘I’m a person who believes you’ve got to ask questions. You’ve got to know what’s going on in your body.”

Gloria, on dialysis since March 2013
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