A diagnosis of kidney disease can be overwhelming but it’s important to know that Manitoba Renal Program staff are here for you. At your clinic appointments you will meet members of your interdisciplinary health care team and it’s important to make those connections and know you can ask any questions and get information that helps you adapt to this change in your life.
Each site has dedicated renal social workers and occupational therapists who are great resources of support and information and may have suggestions on how to cope with this change.
Kidney Connect Peer-to-Peer Phone
Another service, offered by Kidney Foundation of Canada, is the Kidney CONNECT program.
“The program is here to help anyone touched by kidney disease. For example, people who have been diagnosed with kidney disease or those whose kidneys have failed, as well as their friends, families and loved ones can all use the service. It’s also there for those who are considering donating one of their kidneys to someone in need.
The Peer Support program lets you speak with someone who truly understands what it’s like to live with kidney disease, and is willing to share their own experiences with you. Peer Support volunteers do not offer medical advice but they can tell you about their kidney disease and how they balance their treatment with family life, work and social activities. They’ll be able to answer many of your questions, because they’ve been there, too.” – Kidney Foundation of Canada website www.kidney.ca
To request peer support now, call 1 866 390-PEER (7337) or use their online form.
Kidney Connect Online
The Kidney Foundation of Canada recently launched Kidney Connect online, an online forum and social media site for individuals living with kidney disease and their loved ones. This site allows you to connect with other people experiencing the same thing as you in an easy to use format. Create a profile and join in!
Check out Kidney Connect here.