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 Care—can be reassuring and help you stay on your treatment plan and keep the relationships most important to you.
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 change—and an unwanted one.
Your social worker can help you when you're struggling. He or she is there for you—so reach out and talk whenever you feel the need.
Seven common feelings that people on dialysis may have
Some emotions experienced on dialysis that may seem negative—like anger—can be 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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a friend, family member, social worker or someone you turn to for spiritual guidance. Talking with someone else will help you gain another perspective.
without judging or blaming yourself.
"Being in the moment” will feel less overwhelming.
Countless studies have shown the positive emotional benefits of even the simplest exercise. Always check with your doctor before you begin any exercise program.
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.