Dialysis without Fear

Dialysis without Fear : A Guide to Living Well on Dialysis for Patients and Their Families

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In Dialysis Without Fear, psychiatrist and dialysis patient Dr. Daniel Offer joins with his wife, Marjorie Kaiz Offer, and daughter, Susan Offer Szafir, to reveal how life can be lived, and lived well, on dialysis. Drawing on his long medical career and more than seven years of personal experience with dialysis, Dr. Offer dispels many misconceptions surrounding this treatment, explaining how you can adapt to the new diet, travel, work and continue to partake in life's joys and celebrations. But the fears and hardships can be quite real, and Dr. Offer brings his years as a psychiatrist to bear as he provides practical advice on how patients can overcome them. Walking through each step of dialysis, he explains different types of treatment, examines the pros and cons of a transplant, and discusses side effects. Since dialysis affects the entire family, Dr. Offer and his co-authors also provide realistic insights into how relatives can cope and thrive together, sharing the humour, courage, and triumphs of real families who have successfully faced the challenges of dialysis. The result is an inspiring, practical guide that will help patients and their families learn to overcome the difficulties of dialysis, live without fear, and enjoy every day.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 142.2 x 210.8 x 27.9mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195309944
  • 9780195309942

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"An informative and insightful introduction to what everyone whose kidneys have failed should know. Written by medical experts receiving treatment for kidney failure or with a family member who is, the personal tone and contents of this book will educate and inspire anyone facing kidney dialysis or transplantation to lay the groundwork needed to face the challenges that lie ahead."-Garabed Eknoyan, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Founding Co-Chair, Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative & Former President of the National Kidney Foundation "Dialysis without Fear approaches the problem of kidney failure from multiple perspectives-that of patients, family members, and to a lesser extent the health care team. While describing in detail the nearly meteoric impact of kidney failure and ongoing need for dialysis to stay alive, the authors highlight healthy coping mechanisms for dialysis patients and their families. The book has a pervasive air of optimism, love of life and acceptance. It attempts to teach one how to strike a balance between realistic constraints and enjoying life fully. While imparting a wealth of factual information, invaluable to patients new to dialysis, it celebrates the life-saving value of renal replacement therapies. Anyone involved in the field of dialysis in any capacity stands to gain knowledge, compassion and a deeper understanding of what patients and their loved ones are going through by reading this insightful book."-Orly F. Kohn MD, FACP, Director of Dialysis Program, University of Chicagoshow more

About Daniel Offer

Daniel Offer, M.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. The author of sixteen books and 200 scientific articles, he has been on dialysis since 1999. Marjorie Kaiz Offer is a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine, and is married to Daniel Offer. Susan Offer Szafir is a freelance writer and marketer, and is the daughter of Daniel and Marjorie.show more

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