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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. Living Well with Kidney Failure:
Table of Contents:
- Offers practical and vital information if you have kidney failure, or are caring for someone who has
- Features candid personal accounts of other people’s experiences of kidney failure and its treatment
- Provides details of organisations, self-help groups, helplines and websites for information, advice and useful aids
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 Diagnosis
Part 3 Preparing for dialysis
Part 4 Treatment during the pre-dialysis period
Part 5 Types of dialysis treatment
Part 6 Starting dialysis
Part 7 Kidney transplants: the choices
Part 8 Building a relationship with a kidney unit
Part 9 Work, leisure activities and holidays
Part 10 Relationships with partners
Part 11 Carers, friends and the wider family
Part 12 Lifestyle for kidney patients
Part 13 Ways of coping
Part 14 What helps when you hit low points
Part 15 Information on finances for renal patients
Part 16 Further reading and resources
Part 17 Useful addresses
Part 18 Glossary
"This cheerful book will be a great help and encouragement to patients and their families trying to become experts on renal failure" Dr Christopher Winearls, Clinical director at the Oxford Kidney Unit
For further information about kidney failure please contact the National Kidney Federation, www.kidney.org.uk
, the only UK charity run by kidney patients for kidney patients.
About the Author:
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.