Managing Kidney Disease
- 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.
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.