You know how you feel, which is generally normal, but how do you feel about all of this? Your kidneys, which you’d likely never thought about until now, have suddenly taken center stage in what was probably already a pretty full life. There are many parts of having this diagnosis that will involve the other members of your family, your friends, and your work environment, but for the moment, let’s focus just on you.

If you are like many people newly diagnosed with a chronic disease, you are having an emotional reaction, but you may not know quite why, or what to do with these feelings, since your body feels pretty much the same.  When you’re not feeling well, you probably don’t have much trouble telling a loved one that something’s not right. And people seem to be able to tell their doctors if they are having physical problems, like pain or dizziness or lack of energy, but when it comes to how they’re feeling inside, many people aren’t comfortable telling their family and friends, or their health care team what’s happening. This may be especially so with CKD, because at the earliest stages, you may not feel any differently. The only reason you know you have this condition is because the doctor discovered it from an abnormal lab test. Keeping your feelings inside can be more stressful than talking them out.

Click on the link titled “Handling Changing Feelings” for a more in-depth look at processing these feelings.

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