This depends on why you had to start dialysis. Sometimes patients do regain kidney function after starting dialysis. It is best to consult with your Nephrologist regarding the possibility of regaining your function, successful kidney transplantation will also enable you to stop dialysis.
There are 4 treatment options available for patients diagnosed with stage 5 kidney failure. Your doctor can help you decide which option may work best for you.
There are dialysis units in most every city in the United States. With appropriate notice and planning, your Renal Social Worker can find a clinic that can accommodate you for your dialysis treatments during your travels.
Your treatment team will encourage you to continue working as long as you can. Many dialysis patients maintain full time employment, run businesses, go to school, run households and continue active lifestyles while on dialysis. Patients who do best are those who are involved in their care and follow a treatment plan developed with their treatment team.
You can maintain your roles in your family, and relationships with your friends, coworkers and associates after starting dialysis. If you work hard to stay healthy, and happy, others will continue to see you that way. Stay positive!