This practical and inspiring book will give you the confidence to live a full and rewarding life. Drawing on the experiences of a number of very different people, from all walks of life and ages and family situations with kidney failure, these shared personal accounts celebrate the fullness of life that people living with kidney failure can, and do, achieve.
Sharing the first-hand experiences of others, the book covers the issues surrounding initial diagnosis and treatment, whether peritoneal or haemodialysis, the continuation of treatment, and the pros and cons of transplantation. There is extensive coverage of lifestyle choices, about work and leisure, relationships with partners and family, as well as the hospital kidney unit.
There is useful, practical advice on how to cope with crises and deal with problems, and the book shares other people's experiences. There are also appendices on financial aspects, medical and benefit help, prescriptions, mortgages and other matters.
Juliet Auer Dip. Professional Social Work, CQSW, M.Phil (Research), Renal Patient Support Manager, Oxford Kidney unit. She has worked with kidney patients for over 25 years.
Introduction; Chapter 1 Diagnosis; Chapter 2 Preparing for dialysis; Chapter 3 Treatment during the pre-dialysis period; Chapter 4 Types of dialysis treatment; Chapter 5 Starting dialysis; Chapter 6 Kidney transplants: the choices; Chapter 7 Building a relationship with the kidney unit; Chapter 8 Work, leisure activities and holidays; Chapter 9 Relationships with partners; Chapter 10 Carers, friends and the wider family; Chapter 11 Lifestyle for kidney patients; Chapter 12 Ways of coping; Chapter 13 What helps when you hit low points; Chapter 14 Living well; Appendix 1 Information on finances for renal patients; Appendix 2 Further reading; Appendix 3 Useful addresses; Glossary; Index