Kidney disease is a progressive condition with 5 stages. You can help preserve your kidney function and slow down your disease progression by following your doctor's instructions for eating well, and managing other health conditions, like diabetes or high blood pressure (hypertension). It’s important to learn all you can about kidney disease and take steps to manage your physical and emotional health.
After being diagnosed, it’s completely normal to feel all sorts of emotions – including anger, fear, denial, or depression. Give yourself time to process and work through the information.
While taking care of your health is a top priority, there’s also room for everything else that’s important to you. Staying active and staying engaged in your social life and hobbies at any stage has big benefits.