Real Patients on Dialysis

“Dialysis can be scary if you are not informed. Ask questions, even the ones you think are silly or dumb. The medical staff will help you answer them and allow you to feel better about the process.” - SN

“The first treatment made me too weak to walk to my car, so my wife took me out in a wheelchair. I could not climb the stairs to my bedroom. After that, I progressively got stronger and it no longer bothers me anymore.” - RH

“When I first started dialysis, I felt overwhelmed and scared. As the dialysis progressed, I felt better. Learn all that you can about your options, keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask questions.” - MC

“My health really improved on dialysis and eventually I got my energy back.” - FR

“I have had kidney failure for over 20 years and I still remember when I first started dialysis. I was very scared and read every piece of information on kidney failure that I could find. Through that learning, I was able to regain control of my life and I wasn’t as scared anymore”. - AL

“I have been doing dialysis for almost a year. It can be scary when you start. It’s truly important to have a positive attitude in a negative situation. There are times when it may not be easy.” - JB

“Continuing my dialysis means staying alive, so I treat it like going to the office every other day.” - RH

“If your doctor tells you that you need to go on dialysis, don’t prolong the wait, just do it! The sooner, the better.” - ES

“During dialysis, I bring a puzzle, book, or anything that will keep my mind busy. Also, don’t be afraid to make friends. We are all in the same boat and everyone is willing to help if you ask.” - SN

“It is important to be appreciative and thankful for the great nurses and technicians who are professionals in the field of dialysis. Don’t forget to say “thank you.” - JB

“Even though I am on dialysis three times a week, I lead a normal life.” - FR

“Watch your diet and fluid intake and bring your binders. You will feel better and live a long life. I am going into my eleventh year and feel great!” - ES

“When I first started dialysis, I was scared of it. I didn’t know what to expect and it was hard at first. It took three months for my body to get used to it. Now, only four years later, I have never felt so good in my life.” - JS

“For every negative in the dialysis process, there is a positive…life!” - SN