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Finding Support for Kidney Disease

Facing a chronic illness alone can be hard. If you have fears or concerns, try talking to people close to you. Also talk with your healthcare team and other people with kidney disease. Don't hesitate to ask for support or help when you need it.

Woman sitting on exam table talking to doctor. Talk to Your Team

Over time, you'll work with a team of doctors, nurses, dietitians, technicians, and social workers. They want to help you feel as good as you can. If you are confused or worried, ask them questions. Find out what changes in treatment might mean. Knowing more about your illness may make its treatment less frightening and easier to follow.

Talk to Other Patients

When it comes to support, the experts are the people who are living with kidney disease. They know what you are going through. Talking with other patients can give you insight and offer new ways to cope. Sharing experiences may also help you see that you are not alone. And sometimes that's all it takes to make life a little easier.

Sources of Support

Information and support are offered by groups all over the nation. Contact the following:

  • American Association of Kidney Patients 800-749-2257

  • American Kidney Fund 800-638-8299

  • National Kidney Foundation 800-622-9010


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