Dialysis and Your Emotions
With all the changes happening to your body, it's important not to forget that starting dialysis will affect your emotions as well. Fear, anger, and sadness are very common.
Remember, you are not alone. There are millions of people living with dialysis and tens of thousands more who are healthcare professionals, all dedicated to helping you live your life to the fullest.
Counseling. A great place to start is with your Satellite social worker. Our social workers have the education and special training to help you and your family adjust to dialysis treatment and the lifestyle changes it may bring. They can provide counseling, emotional support and problem-solving, as well as help you find additional assistance when you need it.
Stages of Acceptance. People who help others deal with loss often use the five stages of acceptance as a way to explain the range of emotions we feel when something bad happens. While the five stages were first developed for those dealing with the death of a loved one, they also apply to anyone who is experiencing a loss. For people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), that loss is the expectation of good health, which is accompanied by the fear of dying.
The five stages are defined as denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Learning about the five stages of acceptance is a way for you to better understand and describe the feelings you and perhaps some of your family members may be experiencing. Read more >
Support. There are numerous groups and organizations dedicated to helping dialysis patients live healthy and happy lives. Ask your Satellite social worker for a list of groups in your area. In addition, there are some excellent online communities which provide information, message boards and living tips.
For more information, contact Info@SatelliteHealth.com.
- Kidney Times — Adapting to ESRD and Dialysis: Emotional Wellness is a Key to Renal Rehabilitation
- Renal Support Network (RSN) is a nonprofit, patient-focused, patient-run organization that provides non-medical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD).