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A diagnosis of chronic kidney disease can affect you physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.  People have different reactions when they learn they have kidney disease.  It can be difficult to cope with a condition that will affect you for the rest of your life. 

Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help.  Talking with your spouse, close friends, family members, doctor, social worker, church member, or anyone else you feel comfortable with, can help you to sort out how you’re feeling and help your loved ones to understand how best to support you.

Connect with someone

You might benefit from connecting with others who have kidney disease to share your feelings, questions and concerns with them.  Whether you prefer one-on-one conversations, group meetings or online networking, we have resources available to help you.