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Module 5—Coping with Kidney Disease :: More Reading

Additional Resources

Besides the free Life Options materials you can find at, the resources below may help you learn more about the topics in this module of Kidney School.


  1. Help, I Need Dialysis!, by Dori Schatell, MS, and Dr. John Agar
    (Medical Education Institute, Inc., 2012,, ISBN-13: 978-1937886004)
    Easy to read, fully-referenced book covers the lifestyle impact of each type of dialysis—including information on how dialysis works, with a chapter about each type of dialysis.
  2. A Delicate Balance: Living Successfully with Chronic Illness, by Susan Milstrey Wells
    (Harper Collins Publishers, July 2000, ISBN-13: 978-0738203232)
    The author follows 21 people, including herself, who have chronic illnesses. She talks about such questions as finding a diagnosis, choosing a capable and caring health care provider, treatment options, making sense of emotions, strengthening bonds with family and friends, making career decisions, and thinking about how illness changes one's life. She also presents research on the mind-body connection and tips on topics such as using the internet for advice and support.
  3. Chronically Happy—Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness, by Lori Hartwell
    (Poetic Media Press, October 2002, ISBN-13: 978-0972278300)
    This motivational book helps people living with chronic illness create joyful, fulfilling lives. The author, who developed kidney disease at age two, fills the book with stories about her own experiences, as well as those of others coping with chronic diseases.


  1. A Meditation To Help With Dialysis, by Belleruth Naparstek
    (Health Journeys, UNABRIDGED edition, May 2001, ISBN-13: 978-1881405382)
    Guided imagery designed to be listened to before, during, and after treatment to promote relaxation, ease pain, reduce fear of needles, reinforce optimism and motivation, help stabalize blood pressure, increase energy, counter depression, and support a positive outlook. Positive affirmations on side B. (Running time approx. 60 minutes.)

Please note: Life Options does not endorse these materials. Rather, we believe you are the best person to choose what will meet your needs from these or other resources you find. Please check with your local library, bookstore, or the internet to find these items.

Module 5—Coping with Kidney Disease :: More Reading