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

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More than 400,000 people in the United States undergo kidney dialysis. For many, the prospect of a regular appointment with a dialysis machine seems 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, t ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 30th 2007)
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Lorraine
Jul 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
A patient at the dialysis facility where I am the social worker wrote this book with his wife and daughter. I would strongly recommend it to anyone facing kidney failure or with a family member or friend who will have to begin dialysis soon. It is unfailingly optimistic and compassionate, without glossing over the challenges and trials a dialysis patient faces. It is very will researched and written, and liberally sprinkled with stories of people who are thriving on dialysis.
Sara Benson
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I rarely leave reviews for books, but I feel compelled to do so on behalf of this wonderfully helpful book. It deserves more than its 3.5-star average rating on GoodReads.

If you are new to dialysis, or are a family member with a loved one facing kidney failure, this book will help you navigate the waters of treatment options. It's written in an accessible way, with a mix of practical advice, medical knowledge and first-hand stories from people who have experienced kidney failure themselves. It
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Claudette Alexander
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I searched the Internet for books on dialysis and came upon this book.

This book gives an overview of dialysis and attempts to strip the mystery surrounding dialysis. It goes on to show how you can live a happy life whiles on dialysis. It is a good informative book for someone new to dialysis and the families and friends of dialysis patients.

As someone who has been on dialysis for many years, I could relate to all the revelations in the book and a lot of the info was not new to me. The emotions r
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Megan
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
this was a very helpful book for me. the only thing keeping me from giving a full 5 stars is that this book is almost entirely catered to hemodialysis patients. nevertheless, it provides a great resource of knowledge to calm the nerves of any dialysis patient or family member.
Anita
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good introduction to lots of topics around the "new normal" when dialysis is a part of your life or the life of someone close to you. This book covers all modalities but mostly assumes hemodialysis will be in-center rather than home.
Sandy from Alaska Colón
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lots of info for those who are about to go into dialysis.
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Daniel Offer was professor emeritus at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. His research focused mainly on adolescent psychiatry.