Life With Kidney Disease: Making Room for Love, Navigating Chronic Conditions and Relationships

Episode 175: Life With Kidney Disease: Making Room for Love, Navigating Chronic Conditions and Relationships. Navigating your chronic health condition can have its own challenges without the added stress of managing relationships in the modern world. From appointments, to medications, to everything-in-between, you have your plate full. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Lana Lipe shares tips to help those living with a chronic condition like Chronic Kidney Disease make room for love and relationships.

Topics discussed:
Loving yourself and addressing common challenges
Who to surround yourself with
Being Vulnerable
Everyone has struggles
Starting a new relationship - disclosing your chronic illness
Telling others about your chronic illness
-Out and Proud
-Preparing for questions
You deserve to be seen, valued, and loved for who you are

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About Lana Lipe:

Experienced Social Worker with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry, Baltimore Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, and Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu. Currently working in the Neuroscience and Surgical Intensive Care Units to help critically and chronically ill, and hospice-appropriate patients and their loved ones address complex psychosocial challenges. Skilled in Crisis Intervention, Case Management, Medical Social Work, End-of-Life planning, patient advocacy, risk assessment, motivational interviewing, Critical Incident Stress Management, and complex discharge planning. I am a strong community and social services professional with a Master’s Degree focused in Clinical/Medical Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.