Many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients realize that March 1st marks the start of Kidney Month, but how can patients get the most out of Kidney Month to improve their quality of life, increase awareness of their need for a Living Kidney Donor to get off of or avoid Dialysis, and raise more understanding about Chronic Kidney Disease and the needs of the Community as a whole without it being overbearing to friends and loved ones? Try the following simple tips:
- Light Exercises: Kidney Month is a great reminder for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients to remain as active as possible to improve their Dialysis Treatments, increase chances of a Kidney Transplant or taking advantage of other breakthroughs. Light exercise can include a walk around your cul-de-sac or even your house. You may try leg lifts simply by sitting at a 90-degree angle and lifting your legs. Also, stretching is a great way for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients to remain as active as possible.
- Learn more and share: How about learning more about Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis and then sharing with other patients and loved ones. You can do this while conducting your Dialysis Treatments or at any time by going to KidneyBuzz.com. By visiting KidneyBuzz.com regularly, you will be on your way to becoming a more empowered and informed patient about insights to improve treatments, tasty meals which meet your dietary restrictions, hopeful breakthroughs that are on the horizon, and much more.
- Social Media: Do not under-use your social media. It is a great way to engage family and friends to raise awareness about Chronic Kidney Disease so that they can protect their kidneys, if possible, as well as learn more about donation. If you feel like you are requesting for loved ones to get tested to donate a kidney and few are replying, then try this trick: Post a question on Facebook or Twitter that is compelling about your situation. For example, "Did anyone know that there are over 100,000 people waiting on a list for a lifesaving kidney donor?" Based on those who reply, ask them if they have considered getting tested and send them information on where they can learn more about the process. This is a start to engaging loved ones to get tested. If you need further help in reaching a wider audience of possible donors who want to be tested on your behalf, then join the Find A Kidney Donor Program (click here).
- Conversation Opener: The fact that it is Kidney Month is a great way to open a conversation and begin talking about Living Kidney Donation or the need for more Kidney Transplants. Be prepared with basic information like your blood type and the name of your Kidney Transplant Center just in case the person that you are speaking with shows interest in getting tested on your behalf. Also, be sure to wear your Kidney Transplant Band to help gain attention and break the ice about Living Kidney Donation year-round (click here).
- The Artificial Implantable Kidney And Other Breakthroughs: Talking about breakthroughs are great ways to keep your fellow patients and loved ones engaged about Chronic Kidney Disease and Kidney Transplantation. The Chronic Kidney Disease Community needs as many people engaged as possible to make sure that breakthroughs such as Stem Cell Research, Kidney Regeneration, The Artificial Implantable Kidney and more are ushered to market release. This month is an ideal time to share petitions and ask family and friends to get involved.
How do you plan on participating in Kidney Month? Are there any kidney related events or activities that you are looking forward to? Your insights could be very helpful to other patients so share your responses with the nearly 70,000 friends who have liked the KidneyBuzz.com Facebook Page (click here). Also, consider following the nearly 250,000 monthly visitors on KidneyBuzz.com for your Number One (1) source of Daily News, Information, Impact Meals, Inspirational Quotes, and tailored Products and Services which teach Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure patients how to better manage and improve their lives.