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How to Have a Good Life

“ Things that I thought were important no longer matter to me. Money, cars, and things mean nothing. Now, I sit still and look at clouds. I listen to birds. I smell flowers and enjoy a good breeze with my granddaughter.” Paul G.

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At stage 3 CKD, you may have an 80% chance of never having kidney failure — IF you take steps to protect your kidneys. To live well and as long as you can, you will need to take an active role in your CKD care. This means learning what your job is, and following through on your part. So, what is your job?

Learn All You Can About CKD And How To Treat It. Knowledge helps conquer fear. Ask questions! Talk with your care team—and ask them about kidney patient groups. Your clinic or hospital may have a medical library. You can use Internet search engines (like Google or Yahoo) to learn, too. Look for websites that have the Health on the Net (HON) badges, or are from the government or other trusted sources so you know they are up-to-date and accurate.

Know What To Eat And Drink. Having CKD may mean that you need to make some changes to your meals and snacks.

Take Your Medicines The Right Way. There is no pill that will cure CKD. Your doctor may prescribe medicines to help you feel better or avoid problems. Medicines only work if you take them as prescribed — at the right times, with or without food, etc. If you can't afford your medicines, talk to your doctor. He or she may be able to find a way to help you get what you need. Think about ways to remember to take your medicines.

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