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 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

“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.