Coping with
Chronic Kidney Disease Stages

Have you been diagnosed with one of the chronic kidney disease stages? There are five of them:

  • Stage 1: Healthy kidneys (GFR > 90)
  • Stage 2: Some indication of damage (60 < GFR < 89)
  • Stage 3 Moderate kidney disease (30 < GFR < 59)
  • Stage 4: Severe kidney disease (15 < GFR < 29)
  • Stage 5: Kidney failure/end stage kidney disease (GFR < 15)

Getting a diagnosis is overwhelming. CKD is stressful. Whatever you are feeling, physically and emotionally, is VALID. It isn’t easy to cope with challenging health.

Do ANY of these sound familiar?

  • Feeling on edge much of the time
  • Haven’t had a good night’s sleep in who knows how long
  • Worry is your new hobby – complete with too many late night internet searches
  • Know you need to make decisions, but can’t 

That is no way to live. Coping CKD can overtake your life. It is intimidating and requires your full attention…just at the time you are most vulnerable.

A Personal Journey

I get it. I’ve been there – through all of the chronic kidney disease stages. After hearing that my lifelong chronic illness would result in needing a kidney transplant, I completely freaked myself out. I became a tired, stressed bundle of nerves. I tried countless therapies, traditional and alternative, to change my fate. Still, my disease progressed as my doctors expected. I realized that a new, stress-free, way to manage chronic illness was needed.

There is a different way to cope with chronic kidney disease stages...

I researched the best health management techniques and interviewed other chronic illness warriors to find out what works and what is just plain harmful. (You’ll be surprised to discover that some of the most popular techniques for decreasing stress actually make it worse.)

After more than a year of compiling my findings, I am thrilled to offer you Chronic Resilience: 10 Sanity-Saving Strategies for Women Coping with the Stress of Illness.

Chronic Resilience shows you how to:

  • Get control of your life back
  • Advocate for yourself with your health care team
  • Worry less and sleep better
  • Effectively manage pain
  • Use research to empower, not frighten, yourself
  • Celebrate good days and let yourself be pissed on bad ones
  • The #1 question you need to ask to reduce stress

You’ll also learn:

  • Why “having a positive attitude” isn’t the best way to reduce stress and heal
  • The secrets for remaining productive while dealing with your health
  • What not to do when you’re sick

This is the guidebook I wish I had had when I was first with stage 3 of the chronic kidney disease stages. It would have cut short many years of pointless searching. The strategies in Chronic Resilience are specifically designed to make life better - even with chronic illness.

Also available at:
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Here’s what others are saying about Chronic Resilience:

"Danea Horn has put an honest and wise voice to the intimate journey of illness. She lights a fire for self-compassion and puts stress in its place, while providing empowering suggestions for living with grace and Chronic Resilience. I highly recommend this groundbreaking book." -Kris Carr, New York Times Bestselling Author

“I highly recommend Chronic Resilience, not only to those who suffer from chronic illness but to those who love them. Danea Horn promises that her book will help the chronically ill become caregivers to themselves, and she delivers – magnificently. This book will help you transform the stress of chronic illness into a life of acceptance, purpose, and gratitude. It’s a gem.” -Toni Bernhard, author of How to be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers

 “I love this book. It is funny, touching, and true. Chronic Resilience is a best friend for anyone impacted by chronic illness. Intimate and authentic, tender and wise, Danea offers everyone the benefit of her courageous triumph…a life well lived…debilitating diseases be danged!” -Penelope Young Andrade, LCSW, author of Emotional Medicine Rx: Cry When You’re Sad, Stop When You’re Done, Feel Good Fast

 “Danea provides an invaluable perspective on how to be resilient when battling a chronic illness. A must read to help you navigate the emotions successfully.” -Lori Hartwell, author of Chronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of a Chronic Illness

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this just one person’s experience that has nothing to do with me?

In addition to practical techniques for coping with the stress of pain and illness, Chronic Resilience includes a variety of stories from nine women with a variety of challenges. You’ll read about rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, diabetes, Crohn’s, auto-immune disorders, Cushing’s Disease, organ transplant, idiopathic pulmonary hypertension and multiple sclerosis.

I assure you there is something that will resonate with your personal experience.


I don’t need a fluff piece. I’m dealing with a serious illness. Does Chronic Resilience address the realities of being sick?

Yes. Absolutely. It discusses the pains, embarrassments and hardships of coping with illness in a realistic, but hopeful way.

With a been-there-done-that approach, Chronic Resilience is a conversation with someone who has been in your shoes and completely understands what it is like to live day-in and day-out with symptoms, fatigue, medication, doctors’ appointments, ruined plans and a future that looks different from what you’d hoped for. The book shows you how to transcend them so that you can support your health and the rest of your life.


I’ve tried other self-help books. What makes Chronic Resilience different?

I’ve probably read the self-help books you’re referring to. Dozens of them. They offered lots of “heal yourself” advice that didn’t make a difference. It is hard to change your diet and thought patterns.

You won’t go straight from getting diagnosed to feeling grateful. The journey of illness is a winding one. Chronic Resilience works within the confines of reality and offers the compassion and understanding other books are quick to deny.

You didn’t cause your illness. It isn’t your fault. It wasn’t repressed childhood memories or too much stress. Illness is just sometimes part of life.

It is also a challenge you can absolutely meet because you are resilient….I’ll show you.

Take the Next Step Toward Managing Chronic Kidney Disease Stages

Read Chronic Resilience and I promise you’ll have a roadmap for decreasing stress and managing your health toward the best possible outcome.

This is your life. Now, RIGHT NOW, is the time to live it.

Also available at:
Barnes & Noble   |   Powell's

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It’s time to take the action your body needs. As someone who has coped with each of the chronic kidney disease stages, I understand. I’m ready to sit with you and create a strategy that will get you some peace. Your stressful days are numbered. Grab a cup of tea, and let’s chat.

Also available at:
Barnes & Noble   |   Powell's

Instant download available on kindle, nook and ibooks.