Personal Life

Enhancing your personal life while on dialysis doesn’t come automatically. It takes some effort. But it is effort well spent.
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Managing emotions on dialysis

Managing Your Emotions on Dialysis

Each step you've experienced—finding out your kidneys are failing, needing to choose a type of dialysis and the ongoing nature of dialysis itself—brings with it a series of emotions. Recognizing how normal this is and that you're not alone and can lean on the team at Fresenius Kidney Carecan be reassuring and help you stay on your treatment plan and keep the relationships most important to you.


Discover five positive ways to handle emotions.
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Dialysis is an emotional marathon

Even when you are in a solid routine, dialysis isn't a smooth ride emotionally. You'll have days when something small will set you off or you'll fall back into grieving for the life you had before your kidneys failed.  After all, this was a big life changeand an unwanted one.

Your social worker can help you when you're struggling. He or she is there for youso reach out and talk whenever you feel the need.

Seven common feelings that people on dialysis may have

Some emotions experienced on dialysis may seem negative —like anger —turned into something positive.
For instance, anger can be constructive when it propels you to take action and make changes for the better.

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Five positive ways to handle emotions

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Share your feelings with someone
a friend, family member, social worker or someone you turn to for spiritual guidance. Talking with someone else will help you gain another perspective.

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Allow yourself to feel whatever you’re feeling
without judging or blaming yourself.
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Focus on today instead of worrying about the future.
"Being in the moment” will feel less overwhelming.
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Take a short, brisk walk or begin daily exercise.
Countless studies have shown the positive emotional benefits of even the simplest exercise. Always check with your doctor before you begin any exercise program.
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Get support by building a community.
People with chronic conditions who have strong support networks live longer and manage their health better. That’s a fact.

Embracing a positive attitude to grow

Even with a chronic condition like end stage renal disease (ESRD), you can build a better, different life. It isn’t easy to have a positive attitude all the time. In fact, no one does. So seize those times when you’re feeling good to actively look for ways to improve your health, stay close to friends and family and discover outlets like volunteering to keep growing.