Once I was diagnosed with Kidney Failure, there were so many questions going through my mind. I had thoughts like what is kidney disease? The doctor mentioned that my GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate) was 3. What does that even mean? Will I be able to keep the job that I currently have? What is dialysis? Thoughts like these were crowding my mind. I was so confused that day that I was unable to focus or make any solid decisions. There were a few reasons for this. First of all, I was simply overloaded with too much information. Secondly, due to the extent of my kidney disease, it had physically effected my thinking, (The lower your GFR number, the less your kidneys is functioning. My kidneys were working at about 3-5%.) Lastly, I didn’t want to accept the diagnosis.
So how do you prepare for the unknown? The first thing you need to do to prepare is to create and maintain a positive attitude. This could be finding encouraging quotes or something that someone may say to you, or something you may hear from motivational seminar or audio program. If you do this during the good times in life you will not have to search during the challenging times. Can’t I just do this anytime even when the difficult time comes? Well let me ask you a question. Can we reap the field in famine or must you take it from your storehouse? If you try to harvest from a barren field, there will not be enough to feed you in your time of need. You must take from your storehouse. When all these thoughts were going through my mind, I had to take from my storehouse. One such quote was by Zig Ziglar that I mentioned in my first post. “You are born to win.” Another thought that helped was by Les Brown “It’s Possible”. By keeping my mental storehouse full with good thoughts, it helped me to get through my difficult diagnosis.