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Life as a family member

As a family member, you too may be affected by your loved ones’ chronic kidney disease. You probably wonder how your family life will change from now on, how the treatment can be integrated into everyday life and are concerned about the well-being of your family members.

It is perfectly understandable if you are initially nervous about the decisions that need to be done. Try to realize that neither your loved one nor you have to walk the path alone in finding a suitable therapy.

You can get a lot of information from the care team and other contacts at the dialysis center. Other patients can share their own experiences and give insights into life with chronic kidney disease with their own personal stories.

Together with your loved one, you will find ways to live a fulfilling family life despite having the disease.

What does chronic kidney disease feel like?

There are many and various symptoms of chronic kidney disease and as a family member, it is not always easy to empathize with the person affected. For this reason, we would like to explain possible symptoms for you. However, please note that only a physician can make a clear diagnosis and assessment and not all symptoms necessarily occur or are a sign of kidney disease. Do not burden yourself with self-diagnosis of your family member but rather consult a specialist.

Read more about how chronic kidney disease or dialysis might affect your relative or friend.

Finding solutions as a team

Dealing with upcoming changes and accepting the disease is not easy. Fears and worries can put a strain on family life and the increased stress can make it difficult to always put yourself in the patient's shoes. As a family member or friend, you also face difficult decisions and certainly do not always know what the right thing is to do.

But remember, the choice of a suitable therapy option is based on a well-considered decision, which was made togethter with a specialist. It is not a decision that you or your loved one has to make alone.

It is certainly helpful for the person affected if you are there to support them. Facing a disease together can bring you even closer together as a family or friends and create the basis for new, positive experiences. Over time, your family member / friend will get used to the "new normal". This is certainly different than before but can still correspond to their desired lifestyle.


Read more about support possibilities in the next section.

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