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    • #4
      Today, 03:05 PM



      I have been on hemo dialysis for 14 years and I still hate it every single time. It is ruining my health by giving me high blood pressure and Afib. My fistula has, thank God, been working all these years but my hand is numb. My back is wrecked from sitting all that time. I have been turned down for transplant at 3 different centers. I wonder how long one can live on dialysis? My doctor said forever s long as I can take it. The only thing left to do is quit and die. I can't see losing my kids and Grandkids and they don't want to lose me so I go.



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  • #2
    I am on my 36th year of dialysis. I hate it as much as you do. I have been thru 2 years recovering from a car wreck, neuropathy, triple by pass. You have your troubles as I have mine. Enjoy the moments and love of your multi-generation family as I enjoy the Love and 30 years my wife and I are sharing. I know it is hard and painful.
    I hope my thoughts bring you some comfort

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    • #3
      I've been on dialysis for 24 years (most of those on PD). There is no way to give anyone a set time life expectancy because so many factors will determine that such as other chronic health conditions, your treatment modality, weight, lifestyle, level of activity, family support system, being compliant with health etc...I know attitude can make a HUGE difference for how a person lives with a Chronic Illness. I know when you are chronically ill it's hard not to let it get your down and consume you at times. I think it is very important to "count your blessings" and keep pressing on, and make it your goal to maintain a positive attitude come what may. Live one day at a time and to the fullest. Like Morgan Freeman said in "Shawshank Redemption", " You can get busy living, or get busy dying!"

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      • #4
        Like the quote. I’m in week 2 of hemodialysis.

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        • #5
          hi I'm sharon, the first time 4yrs transplant failed and on dialysis since 2011. you just got to keep pushing and make the best of each day

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          • #6
            Until you die

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            • #7
              I received my transplant and thought everything would be great, Until the transplant failed after about 10 months. I was so disappointed and depressed. I wanted to keep working but dialysis left me physically drained. I couldn't continue. Another transplant isn't feasible according to my nephrologist. I was so sick after the failed transplant I almost died. God pulled me through the nightmare. I was put on this earth for a reason so I persevere and tolerate it. I enjoy my family and my grand kids so much. It's a choice. I choose life.

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              • #8
                i don't know . however I have been doing PD for 6 years.

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                • #9
                  There used to be a woman over at Ihatedialysis.com who had been on dialysis for about 45 years.

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                  • #10
                    I have been on dialysis over 34+ yrs since the age of about 7-8 yrs old all because of a strep throat infection and I hate Dialysis today as much as I did on day one and day one I had no idea what I was even in for the rest of my life which back then did not even know how long that would be. I have been through so much in my life since that day I have had over at least 60+ surgeries on my dialysis arms alone I say arms because as of today I am working on my 9th fistula at this point I cant even feel my fingers all i feel is nothing but nerve PAIN. Despite all that I tried to live a normal life by having a job going to school to become a nurse but it all came to a screeching halt about 2 years ago when my health took a turn for the worse and it has been nothing but a living hell ever since. I now suffer from sever nerve damage/pain in multiple places because of countless different surgeries,not to mention the depression and anxiety things I never though I would ever deal with. I also suffer from sever migraines and High blood pressure and it fluctuates it will be high for a few months then it just gets normal makes no sense. I was on a transplant list for over 10+ years never got a call and I finally took my self off because of all the multiple other problems I am having on top of the ESRD a transplant was not going to change or make anything better so i took myself of the list. Having gone through all that and having had a taste of what normal life could be like then it all just ripped away from me I now struggle with so many on top of all the health issues i am so stressed because at least when I could work I was comfortable now I have to deiced whether to buy food or meds not before I pay rent and bills and I take care of my retired mother. I want to quit every day but I have never been a quitter and i cant bring my self to quit even though my mother and have had a long talk and she say what ever I decided she is behind me one hundred percent I just feel like will be a failure if I quit because I continue to put myself through all this daily because I dont want to fail my mother she was there for me for long when I became ill that I feel I owe her then same dedication she gave me. Just this morning I had a very bad anxiety attack and was ready to quit. I hate that at time the dialysis nurses feel like I am just doing all this on purpose and I dont understand why if I could I would just want the part of my life I lost even if I am doing dialysis like I was before.

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                    • #11
                      I have no problem with Dialysis. I treat it like going to work. Just a part of my life.

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