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“THE WARRIORS JOURNAL” – EP1 with Dr. Prashant Dheerendra

Right Steps to Manage Dialysis And The Journey of a CKD Patient

KWF started its series of educative webinars on different aspects related to kidney disease, with the aim of educating patients, in order to equip them with the right information required to understand the disease, and know how to manage it. The series kick started with its first episode on 22nd August 2020, with a session hosted by our own warrior-caregiver Maryann Manasseh, who has been with us as the Voice of Patients in KWF. Dr. Avinash Ignatius, nephrologist and member of the KWF family gave a brief introduction about the setting up of KWF and its journey so far, highlighting its purpose and aims. The webinar series intends to fulfil the need to continue the activities of KWF in the background of the COVID 19 pandemic, which has put a halt to the educational events that were regularly conducted in various cities.

Our first guest speaker was Dr. Prashant Dheerendra, chief nephrologist of Dharma Kidney Care, Bangalore, a dialysis center known for providing excellent patient care.

Dr. Prashant walked us through the various stages of CKD, starting with diagnosis of the disease to dialysis, and the factors that contribute to maintaining quality of life while on dialysis. A patient will first need to accept the disease, and make certain adjustments in life to accommodate the treatment procedures, in order to live a long, happy and productive life.

Watch our video where Dr. Prashant explains these aspects in detail, to allay your fears and enable you to take the right steps at the right time to lead a positive life with CKD. When you were first told that you have kidney disease, what fears and doubts arose in your mind? Were you confused about the road ahead? Did you know how to prepare yourself to face dialysis? What issues did you encounter once you started dialysis? Questions related to these facets of the journey with CKD were raised by participants from KWF, who had the opportunity to watch the session live. If you have similar doubts and apprehensions about CKD and dialysis, watch the video below for Dr. Prashant’s responses.

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