Patients’ Advice About Kidney Dialysis

Read what our patients have to say about their experiences with CHI Franciscan Health’s dialysis services.

Hear From Patients About Kidney Dialysis

“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 more than 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
 
“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

Outpatient kidney dialysis

We offer dialysis services at several locations throughout the Tacoma area. Make an appointment at one of our dialysis center locations near you.