When diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), it is great to have the support of family and friends, but sometimes you may need more. It can be very helpful to be with others who are also living with the same experiences. There are many groups that can give you the additional or alternate support that you need. Whether it’s online, or in person, there are various sources that you can access.
If you receive treatment in a center, you will have regular contact with caregivers and other patients. However, if you dialyze at home, you may not get much face-to-face contact.
Online resources may be suitable for you. But you may also want a more personal connection. For many, meeting others in person is a wonderful way to further build your support system. There are various sources for these types of groups. Check with your renal social worker, your doctor or local dialysis centers to find out about local organizations available to you.