Going on dialysis is a big change – both physically and emotionally. It's completely normal to experience a range of emotions, especially when you're new to dialysis. It’s new and unknown. Give yourself time to settle into your new routine.
Even when you are in a solid routine, dialysis isn’t a smooth ride emotionally. You’ll have days when something small will set you off or you’ll fall back into grieving for the life you had before your kidneys failed. After all, this was a big life change.
The importance of getting support
Getting support from family, friends or a care team member is important to crafting a balanced, fulfilling life on dialysis. Start by reaching out to people who can encourage you.
Talk to friends, family, religious group members, club members – anyone close to you.
Putting your mind to it
Living with dialysis is as much about your emotional health as it is about your physical health. For most people, positive thinking, and meditation take practice. Allowing yourself to feel whatever you’re feeling without judgement is a great place to start.