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Things You Need to Know About Stage 3 Kidney Disease

My husband was just diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease. He doesn’t show emotions, but I told him that we really need to talk about this. After being with someone for 26 years, I felt like I could read his mind. He was diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease and said that he had a feeling of mixed emotions right now.

Mixed emotions after diagnosis

He shared that he was feeling fear, confusion, frustration, and sometimes anger. Believe me, I was feeling the same thing. When I first found out that he had stage 3 kidney disease, I was lost. I felt like my whole world was turned upside down. I was scared about what the future held, and I didn't know where to turn for help.

But over time, I've learned a lot about stage 3 kidney disease. I want to share what I've learned with you. First of all, it's important to know that stage 3 kidney disease is a serious condition. But it's not a death sentence. There are steps you can take to slow the progression of the disease. You can improve your quality of life.

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease, you might be feeling overwhelmed. You might be unsure about what to expect. I wanted to share some insights and tips to help you navigate this journey.

Taking care of ourselves

One of the most important things you can do is to take care of yourself. That means following a kidney-friendly diet, exercising regularly, and taking your medications as prescribed. I know it can be tough to make these changes but trust me, it's worth it. He is following a kidney-friendly diet and says he has more energy, and I feel better overall.

Another thing that's helped me a lot is getting support from other people who are going through the same thing. Whether it's talking to a friend who's been there, joining a support group, or just connecting with people online. Having a support system can make a huge difference. I've found that talking to others who understand what I'm going through helps me feel less alone. I was more empowered to take control and shared what I have learned.

Ask lots of questions

It's also important to stay informed about your condition. Ask your doctor lots of questions, and do your own research. Stay up to date on the latest treatments and therapies. And don't be afraid to advocate for yourself. You know your body better than anyone, and it's important to speak up if something doesn't feel right.

Finally, try to stay positive. I know it can be hard when you're dealing with a chronic illness. But staying hopeful and focusing on the things you can control can make a big difference. I like to remind myself that there's still so much I can do with my life, even with kidney disease. My husband and I still have dreams and goals. I'm going to do everything I can to achieve them.

So, if you're dealing with stage 3 kidney disease, just remember that you're not alone. There are millions of people out there who are going through the same thing. There is hope. With the right treatment, self-care, and support, you can live a full and meaningful life, no matter what stage your kidney disease is at.

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