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Thriving with Dialysis

Thriving with Dialysis

Set a Goal to Thrive: Being physically and socially active can make your overall quality of life better. Setting a goal can help you take some small steps to get some big results. This resource gives an example of a SMART goal to help you be successful.

SMARTgoals Worksheet

Life Options Goal-Setting Worksheet



“Living Well on Dialysis”- Take Charge of your Emotions”: A handout developed by the DPC Education Center in conjunction with the American Psychological Association



This website shares information on topics related to mental health, healthy lifestyles, children & family, and seniors & aging. It contains self-help guides and articles. Some of the tips include building supportive relationships, addressing negative thinking, relaxation techniques, taking care of yourself and getting additional help.


  • Exercise:


Check out the Life Options video Feeling Better with Exercise: A Video Guide for People on Dialysis (DVD). This 30-minute DVD is a companion to the patient exercise booklet. It features conversations with dialysis patients about the benefits of exercise, as well as easy-to-follow demonstrations. Cost is $10 per DVD, which includes shipping in the U.S. only.

Other free Life Options materials include print materials, research-based fact sheets (also available in Spanish), newsletters, podcasts, booklets, and multimedia movies.

  • American Heart Association- has some wonderful ideas on how to Get Moving
  • Smoking Cessation:


1-800-QUIT-NOW is a free telephone support service that can help individuals who want to stop smoking or using tobacco. Callers have access to several types of cessation information and services, including:

·         Free support and advice from experienced counselors

·         A personalized quit plan

·         Self-help materials

·         Social support and coping strategies

·         The latest information about cessation medications

·         Over-the-counter nicotine replacement medications for eligible participants (in more than half of U.S. states)

 Other Cessation Services

·         The CDC's How to Quit web pages provide a variety of cessation tips, tools, and resources.

· is a website dedicated to helping smokers quit.


Building your social and family support can help improve quality of life. Here are some ideas to help you live well with the challenges of CKD and ESRD:

  • Get support in the community from health professionals such as your doctor, social worker, psychologist, or other mental health professionals.
  • Develop and maintain a support system including family and friends.
  • Volunteering in your community. Visit to find out what is available in your community.
  • Working full or part time.
  • Continue and/or start new hobbies
  • Join a dialysis support group.

Contact the National Kidney Foundation Patient Information Help Line: Call toll-free at 1.855.NKF.CARES (1.855.653.2273) or email or visit

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