Chronic diseases can strain relationships. Here is some advice on maintaining healthy relationships.
For caregivers and loved ones:
- It is easy to focus solely on the one you are caring for; remember to take care of yourself!
- Find what helps you to relax and make time for it whether it is reading a book, listening to music, or taking a bath. Personal time will help you replenish your energy.
- Do not isolate yourself. Talk to others and build your own support system.
- Practice gratitude, for the big and the little things in life!
For further reading about the role of a caregiver check out this link: The Caretaker
Building a support system:
For both the patient and the caregiver, it is important to build and maintain a strong support system. You are not in this alone, and there are many resources to help you, including people. NephCure Kidney International is about building community and fostering relationships between patients, loved ones, doctors, researchers, and medical professionals. NephSpace is a great online tool to foster these relationships and to interact with individuals going through similar journeys. Another great tool is the Support Resources page.
For further reading on the importance of support systems check out this link: People Like Me