Ask the Doctor
Questions about kidney disease? Risk factors? Signs and symptoms? Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask Dr. Spry.
New York, NY
February 9 , 1999
In an effort to help young adults cope with chronic kidney failure, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has created a new booklet, "It's Just A Part of My Life." Written in a breezy style, this guide talks straight to teenagers who may feel uncomfortable about their kidney disease.
The guide gives pointers on learning to accept chronic disease, letting other people help, and fitting in with the crowd despite the challenges imposed by kidney disease and a teen's dialysis treatment schedule. The guide also offers clear explanations of what happens when the kidneys fail, how dialysis works and the advantages of transplantation. The renal diet, exercise and managing medications are touched on as well. There is a section containing easy snack recipes and a glossary of key terms related to kidney disease, in addition to a list of brochures, newsletters and other resources available to young adults through the National Kidney Foundation.
"This guide really talks to teenagers in their own language. It is easy to read and addresses real-life situations that arise on a daily basis," says Bradley Warady, MD, a pediatric nephrologist at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City who also serves on the editorial board for NKF's patient newspaper Family Focus. "Most important, the guide encourages teens to take control of their disease and offers concrete ideas for doing so."
The National Kidney Foundation is the largest voluntary organization dedicated to preventing and treating kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. The brochures are $2.25 each and can be ordered through NKF's material resources department by calling (800) 622-9010.