I was diagnosed with kidney disease at the ripe age of 32 years. I was devastated. I had got married just four years back. Why me? I grappled with this question and could come up with no answers. I did not smoke nor did I drink apart from socially. I exercised regularly. I was not obese. I ate healthy. Then why was I a victim of this horrible disease?
I went into a state of depression. I did not go to work for weeks. I was just feeling like ending my life. Then, I got to know about an event for patients called “Aashayein” being conducted by NephroPlus. My wife encouraged me to sign up for that event. I hesitatingly registered. On the day of the event, I went a little late. What I saw amazed me! There were dialysis patients of all ages there. I did not realise that so many people around my age were on dialysis. And most of them were not depressed. They were in fact, taking part in the various games organised!
I also got so much information about different things like how to take care of my access, how to incorporate food I like but was restricted in my diet, about the process for registering for a cadaver and swap transplant among other things.
That day was a turning point in my life. I decided that I would not be depressed any longer. I made friends with some other patients of my age. I realised that by thinking in a positive manner and not letting dialysis take over my entire life, i could lead a more fulfilling and productive life.
Within the next one week, I was back at work. I have now registered for a transplant and hope to get a transplant soon!