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

Paperback | June 15, 2007

byDaniel Offer, Marjorie Kaiz Offer, Susan Offer Szafir

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More than 400,000 people in the United States undergo kidney dialysis. If you or a member of your family are one of them, then the prospect of a regular appointment with a dialysis machine may seem like the end of life itself. But that reaction couldn't be more wrong. 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 experiencewith 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 tobear 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 coauthors alsoprovide realistic insights into how relatives can cope and thrive together, sharing the humor, courage, and triumphs of real families who have successfully faced the challenges of dialysis. The result is an inspiring, practical guide that will help you and your family learn to overcome thedifficulties of dialysis, live without fear, and enjoy every day.

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More than 400,000 people in the United States undergo kidney dialysis. If you or a member of your family are one of them, then the prospect of a regular appointment with a dialysis machine may seem like the end of life itself. But that reaction couldn't be more wrong. In Dialysis Without Fear, psychiatrist and dialysis patient Dr. Da...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 5.51 × 8.11 × 0.79 inPublished:June 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195309959

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"An informative and insightful introduction to what everyone whose kidneys have failed should know. 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 lieahead."--Garabed Eknoyan, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Founding Co-Chair, Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative and Former President of the National Kidney Foundation