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STEP 4: Get Support When You Work

An encouraging group of supporters can help you stay positive and feel healthier—that’s why it’s time to queue up a support network that will help you fit kidney disease treatments into your life. From your family and friends to your co-workers and healthcare team, it’s vital that you surround yourself with people who can lend a helping hand and a sympathetic ear.

Inform Others about Your Kidney Disease

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Tell your family, friends and employer about your condition and the potential need for dialysis. Letting those who are close to you know that you need their support can make a difference in your decision to work.
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Bring Someone to Your Doctor Visits

Nearly 50 percent of what people remember from doctor visits is recalled incorrectly. Bring a friend or family member to take notes and ask questions.
Learn how to talk to your doctor »

Find Support Online

You are not alone—many others have gone through a similar experience. Consider joining myDaVita.com and talk with other people like you in the community about working with kidney disease.
Go to myDaVita.com Forums »

Explore Additional Support Groups

There is an abundance of places to seek out support from other people with kidney disease. Check out the forums from the National Kidney Foundation®and American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP).


Steps to Take Now

  1. Check Off Your List

    Get a "Working with Kidney Disease" Checklist

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  2. Get Kidney SmartSM

    Find an instructor-led kidney disease education class near you.

    Find Classes

  3. Talk to a Patient Advocate

    Have questions? Call 1-888-405-8803.

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