North Haven, Conn. (WTNH) - One man is taking a holistic approach to help him deal with hiskidney disease.
"I was a day away from dying - it was that close," said CharlieWachtel.
Charlie empathizes with others who are battling kidney diseasesaying, "A lot of people are very scared and timid and for a longtime, I was too."
Now, he feels empowered to motivate others. Charlie takes aholistic approach to fighting end-stage kidney failure whichincludes leading a Tai Chi class for patients and staff at LibertyDialysis in North Haven.
Charlie was also able to choose at home dialysis for a moreindependent lifestyle. Dr. Bayo Afolalu says his patient is uniquebut others can follow a similar approach.
"It is achievable, it takes a lot of effort on the patient'spart and the doctor's part but it is achievable," Dr. Afolalu said.
Staying active will benefit dialysis patients.
"Kidney disease leads to unhealthy bones in general," explainedDr. Jeffery Reynolds, Liberty Dialysis. "If people are not active,then it's that much harder to prevent fractures andosteoperosis."
Living your life to the fullest is the key, Charlie says. "Idon't care what your abnormality is, it could be cancer, multiplesclerosis, parkinson's, AIDS, whatever, you live your life withquality, anything is possible, it's about hope, never give uphope."
Charlie walks two hours a day and also prays and meditatesdaily.
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