Dialysis and Mental Health

DPC logoI am really sorry for the late notice about this webinar and telephone conference but if you can make it tomorrow, this should be worth it.  Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC), of which I am a member, has an Education Center which  is hosting a webinar in collaboration with the American Psychological Association (APA) on the the importance of good mental health on our overall health.

I have written several times about “Dialysis and Depression” which lead me to create this blog.  It seems to be common that we dialysis patients go through the typical stages of Grief before we come to a level of acceptance with our chronic disease. We are somewhat unique in that regard because if it was cancer, we would either get it into submission or die from it. However, fate has been kind to us and we have dialysis which allows us to continue living somewhat indefinitely.  But, in the course of that life, we must deal with the fact that we are but a couple steps away from death (another subject I’ve written about several times).

So, as DPC describes it, this webinar is about “Living Well on Dialysis”.  That certainly a topic we can all relate to.  If you can make it Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 4pm ET, 3pm CT, 2pm MT and 1pm PT, here is a link to the call information…

For more information CLICK HERE   See you there!

About DevonTexas

I am a person with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) which means my kidneys don't work. Forty or so years ago that would have been a death sentence but today there is Dialysis which means I could be hooked up to a machine that would clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I went to a dialysis center and had too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passed through a process where it was cleaned and the fluid was removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time. In November 2017, I received a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. My life went into overdrive. With a "new" functioning kidney, I no longer had to go to a dialysis center and my days were not open to be lived rather than recovering from dialysis which meant dialyzing for three days and resting for 4 days a week. I work full-time and often 50 hours per week. It is something I never imagined. I highly recommend it! HeeHee I want to advance knowledge about dialysis and transplant so that others can learn from my experience and mistakes. We shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel, eh? There is so much to be learned and experienced about our predicament. There are vast resources available to support us and enrich our lives but many patients don't know about them. There are also many issues that we have to deal with whether we want to or not. So I blog about them in www.DevonTexas.com All comments are confidential until I approve them. If you don't want your comment public, let me know and I will respect that. So, feel free to leave a comment. I also blog in LegacyTales in WordPress if you are interested in the ramblings of a Old Man. Give a peek and let me know what you think. https://legacytales.wordpress.com/ Enjoy.
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1 Response to Dialysis and Mental Health

  1. Kwame cone says:

    I am a Mental Heal Clinician, I have been diagnosed with ESRF for five years and have just came out of depression over the past six months and continue to struggle with my disability. I would like to assist in this delima. I can be reached at 240-330-5641.

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