8 Tips to Cope With Kidney Disease
Have you recently been diagnosed with kidney disease? If so, we know that it can be a difficult adjustment. You’re probably stressed and confused between making healthier changes to your lifestyle and the potential for going on dialysis. These emotions aren’t easy to deal with, especially on top of everything you’re planning and preparing for. Learning to cope with the change is key to making your life a little easier after a diagnosis. Here are 8 tips we suggest:
1. Acknowledge and begin to accept your diagnosis. For many people, this is the hardest part. However, to truly be able to cope with kidney disease, you have to accept the fact that you have been diagnosed with a chronic condition. Only then can you move forward.
2. Establish or identify your support system. People supporting you in your journey are crucial to getting through a tough time. Whether your support system includes friends, family, or others with kidney disease, they should be people you trust.
3. Be open to talking with your support system about your diagnosis. The more willing you are to discuss your emotions, the more likely you are to feel comfortable with your diagnosis. Bottling up emotions only causes harm, so rely on your support system and be open when struggling.
4. Know that you are not alone. Even though it may seem like you’re the only person dealing with kidney problems, you’re not! 15% of American adults have chronic kidney disease, about 30 million people. Remember that there will always be someone who can understand and empathize with what you’re going through.
5. Make a priority list. After you get a diagnosis, the amount of health-related tasks you’re faced with can be overwhelming. Consult with your support system and healthcare team to determine what to take care of and when to make it more manageable.
6. Don’t be ashamed about what you’re feeling. Feeling nervous, confused, or even embarrassed about a kidney disease diagnosis is entirely normal.
7. Take control over your healthcare. When you get a new diagnosis, it’s easy to feel like you don’t have any control over what’s happening. To help this, get involved with your healthcare. Enforcing your needs and wants is a powerful form of self-advocacy.
8. Follow your treatment routine. Stick to your medication and dialysis schedule to help you feel better physically and emotionally.
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