I'm a 56 year-old man arrived at stage 5 due to Polycystic Kidney Disease.
I was in denial as my GFR dropped over the years. In hindsight I wish I'd done more to preserve my remaining kidney function--not sure if it would have helped with PKD but I'll always wonder.
But I have a pretty good life even with hemodialysis for 3.5 hours 3 days a week. I still work as a Controller for an Ag manufacturing company and my boss has been teriffic in understanding my need to be at dialysis during the week. I travel, with Davita arranging my dialysis at different clinics when necessary. I'm working with an in-state hospital system as a transplant candidate but there are issues with immuno-suppression that complicate my decision to have a transplant. I've tried peritoneal dialysis but it did not work for me--either physically or emotionally. I like being able to leave my disease at the dialysis clinic and live a relatively normal life otherwise.