Dialysis, Caregiving and Emotional Health

2024-03-28T21:00:46-04:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Fact Sheet, Lifestyle, Sex and Intimacy, Stress Management, Support, The Kidney Citizen|

By Hannah Calkins Dialysis is life-changing in many ways. It may be what makes your life possible, for one. But it may also significantly impact your daily routine, your sense of self and your relationships—and it may impact all three if your significant other or another close relative has taken on a caregiving role. You and your caregiver may be new to this situation or coping with it long-term. Either way, psychologists and social workers who work with people with kidney disease and other chronic illnesses can help you both manage your routines, navigate conflicts and maintain—or even enrich—your relationship through [...]

Kidney Disease and HIV

2024-03-28T20:59:06-04:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Early Intervention, eNews, Lifestyle, Physical Health, Sex and Intimacy, What Causes Kidney Disease|

People with HIV are more likely to develop chronic kidney disease. In addition, some HIV medications can affect the kidneys. Getting tested for HIV, understanding your risk, and living a healthy life are steps you can make to better control your health. National HIV Testing Day is June 27, and the DPC Education Center encourages everyone to get tested for HIV. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. Many people with HIV don’t have any symptoms. In the United States, 1 in 7 people living [...]

Maintaining Personal Relationships While on Dialysis

2024-03-28T20:59:19-04:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health, Sex and Intimacy, Support, The Kidney Citizen|

By Alex Purcell People with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who have gone through dialysis can tell you that it is exhausting—and so can their loved ones. Not only does dialysis take a physical toll on the patient, it can also put significant stress on the patient’s relationships with their friends and family, right when they need those relationships the most. This dynamic can be especially complicated if the primary caregiver is a spouse or close relative. If you’re in this situation, as either a patient or a loved one, you may be feeling frustrated, sad or lonely. But there’s hope: transplant [...]

Free Monthly Webinars/Conference Calls

2024-03-28T20:59:20-04:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: About DPC Ed Center, Costs for Treatment, Diagnosis of Kidney Disease, Early Intervention, Employment, Home Hemodialysis, Humor and Laughter, Immunizations, In-Center Hemodialysis, Kidney Transplant, Lifestyle, Medication, Mental Health, Music, Nutrition, Pediatric Kidney Disease, Peritoneal Dialysis, Physical Health, Sex and Intimacy, Stages of Kidney Disease, Stress Management, Support, Symptoms, The Kidney Citizen, Webinar, What Causes Kidney Disease|

The DPC Education Center invites people living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), end-stage renal disease (ESRD), their families and professional staff to join us for our monthly webinars. You can also join by phone or view the recordings online at a later time. The webinars are planned for the fourth Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. Eastern time zone, except for November and December when they will be held during the third week of the month. You can download monthly webinar fliers to share with others and/or register for webinars at www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars. Join by phone by calling 1-877- 399-5186 and [...]

The Sweetest Taboo

2024-03-28T21:00:24-04:00May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Sex and Intimacy, The Kidney Citizen|

By Charissa Rice Shhh…not so loud. This is a topic or subject that not too many want to talk about. That’s funny because most of us spend a lifetime trying to do it. So why is sex and anything pertaining to it so taboo? I guess as a patient with a chronic illness that should be the last thing on my mind. I can remember when visiting my many doctors, hearing them discuss different symptoms and what I might expect with my many illnesses. I have lupus and also kidney failure. There are a lot of things that can cause my [...]

When You Have Lost That Loving Feeling: Sex and Intimacy on Dialysis

2024-03-28T21:00:52-04:00November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Sex and Intimacy, The Kidney Citizen|

By Erich Ditschman “Well, hello, Mr. Ditschman. How is your sex life?” This is one greeting I have never heard in my dialysis clinic. Okay, well maybe by Michael in the waiting room. And yes, I did blush. But, I never heard this once from my doctor, nurse, dietitian or social worker. In my 17-years on dialysis, sex has not been that big of a concern for my medical team, certainly not as big as keeping me alive. If you check out your dialysis clinic’s website, you will probably find a link near the bottom of the page to a “Sexuality [...]

Next Education Call: Relationships and Kidney Disease

2024-03-28T21:01:09-04:00August 30th, 2017|Categories: eNews, News & Events, Quality of Life, Sex and Intimacy, Webinar|

Join us Tuesday, September 19 at 1:00 PM Eastern to discuss relationships and Kidney Disease. A companion call to our previous presentation on "Intimacy and Kidney Disease" two patients will discuss how dialysis has changed relationships in their lives. They will offer their perspective on handling different types of relationships while being a dialysis patient. We hope you can join us for this important topic. Watch the Recording:

Sex and Intimacy with CKD Recording Now Available!

2024-03-28T21:01:25-04:00March 22nd, 2017|Categories: eNews, Sex and Intimacy, Webinar|

Our next education seminar is scheduled for Thursday, March 23 at 4:00 PM.  Our presenter, David Spero, has been a nurse for 40 years and has lived with multiple sclerosis (MS) for 30 years. He knows chronic illness from inside and out.  While CKD can interfere with physical intimacy, it can’t prevent it. Join us Thursday to learn about why sex is important, possible, and beneficial. Please note this presentation will contain adult content regarding intimacy and CKD. View the recording:

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