What Is It And How Did I Get It?

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What Is It and How Did I Get It? Early Stage Chronic Kidney Disease explains to the newly diagnosed CKD patient and others the medical terms and information, and the overwhelming task of trying to understand all this at once. It covers the initial suspicion of the disease and the necessary tests to verify that suspicion. The book also tells about doctors' visits, what to expect, how to deal with them and what to do when you're missing half the information you're being given. Renal nutrition, the need for ...
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Overview

What Is It and How Did I Get It? Early Stage Chronic Kidney Disease explains to the newly diagnosed CKD patient and others the medical terms and information, and the overwhelming task of trying to understand all this at once. It covers the initial suspicion of the disease and the necessary tests to verify that suspicion. The book also tells about doctors' visits, what to expect, how to deal with them and what to do when you're missing half the information you're being given. Renal nutrition, the need for exercise, and what friends and family need to know are also included. In addition, there is an overview of publications available to the CKD patient and lists of available sources of information. Both other patients' initial reactions to their diagnosis and a glossary are provided. While this is my story, it could be any newly diagnosed Chronic Kidney Disease patient's.

Gail Rae has been a non-fiction writer for over twenty years. After earning both her B.A. and M.A. from Hunter College of The City University of New York, she began writing how to books, study guides, literary guides, and public and private newspaper articles, as well as occasionally ghosting articles. In November of 2010, Ms. Rae's essay was featured on the front page of both KidneyTimes.com and RSNHope.org. Her blog, "What Is It and How Did I Get It?" (based on this book) is carried on both The American Society of Nephrologists' and The Chronic Kidney Disease Support Forum's Facebook pages. Gail also is the kidney educator for Facebook's The Transplant Community Outreach. While Ms. Rae teaches writing and literature on the college level and acts in plays and movies, as well as writing, she strongly feels her best work has been, and always will be, her two grown daughters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781457502149
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/18/2011
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 591,700
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Well written and very informative! This book includes tons of de

    Well written and very informative! This book includes tons of definitions and images and would be helpful for anyone looking to learn more about kidney disease. Gail's perspective is real (even funny at points) and I think anyone dealing with CKD will definitely be able to relate with her stories. This book is beneficial for anyone going through CKD, caregivers, and medical professionals.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    Highly Recommeded! Very useful

    This book is wonderful because it explains all you need to know for early stages of ckd and not in medical terms, but in terms that everyone can understand. The author was so passionate about getting the information to others who are going through what she went through as this information was not avaialble to her. Her altruistic motive for this book is also what makes it wonderful. I would definately buy a copy if I were you.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    Must Read For Any CKD, or possible CKD patient, family member, friend

    This book gives great insight and an in-depth look into CKD. What to expect, what to look for, not just as a patient but for those that are in the patients life as well. Diet, exercise, nutrition, supplements, etc. is all touched on in this book. If you are a newly diagnosed CKD patient, already a CKD patient, or a family/friend of a CKD patient...you will want this book to give you a better piece of mind of what you're dealing with and how to make your life a little easier at the same time.

    Her blog is also a great resource to use daily too. I wish I had known about this book when my mom was going through CKD before her transplant, it would have helped us better understand everything that was happening, was going to happen, and terminology that the doctors used. A must read!

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    A Must-Have!

    This is an incredibly well-researched, well-written book written by a woman who herself developed kidney disease. Her book provides clear and comprehensive information for all about the care patients need to have, and responds to the fears and concerns of all involved with coping with kidney disease. It is an honest, very personal accounting of her experience, and I found it to be written clearly, providing tons of pertinent information about every facet of how to cope with this illness.

    I think Ms. Rae wrote this book for the ordinary person who learns that they will be living with kidney disease from the moment of diagnosis, on. But after reading, I believe that it is also a book that every family member, every friend of someone who has developed kidney disease ought to read as well, in order to better understand what their loved ones are going through. I also believe that this book will benefit every professional in the medical community who deals with patients coping with Kidney Disease. It has helped me better understand my friend and her struggles with this disease, and will help everyone who is involved with a patient on any level to be better able to understand their concerns, anxieties, needs and limitations. For these reasons I think it is a great guide for the medical community as well as for the patient/family/friends, as it can help all understand the kind of information patients need to have in order to take good care of themselves. Don't pass this book up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    Highly Recommend For Recent CKD Diagnosis

    IF you have recently been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease this Book should be your next purchase. Gae Rae shares her personel experiences with the disease, lists of foods which have become part of her diet, how to decipher your medical records, questions to ask your doctors, and what she has learned about living with CKD.

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    Posted February 24, 2012

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