Inside the Intern’s Mind

Inside the Intern’s Mind

By Megan S., Education Intern

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Hello everyone! My name is Megan Sturman and I am excited to announce that I am the new education intern here at The DPC Education Center (The Center)! I grew up in Waldorf, MD., a small city just outside of Washington, D.C. I will be graduating this May, from Salisbury University earning my B.S. in Public Health with a minor in Sociology. One of the reasons I decided to pursue a degree in public health was because I am passionate about the health of others. So far it has been the perfect platform to explore opportunities to educate, advocate and prevent disease and illness within our population. I am extremely eager to get started in helping others with kidney disease! Anyway, enough about me!

Part of my first assignment at The Center was reading over all of our materials and as I was reviewing the resources, I noticed that there wasn’t a lot of focus on the mental health side of kidney disease. As you know, mental health and physical health go hand in hand. I am not a kidney patient myself, but I do know what it is like to be ill and the strain that causes. I wanted to write this blog to provide insight into coping strategies, stress management tools, advice from mental health experts and to provide a forum for you all to share your stories and issues you may have experienced throughout treatment or as a caregiver. I hope that this blog will promote an outlet to share feelings and give you the ability to connect with others just like yourself.

Having a healthy state of mind is necessary and key in the success of your treatments! And that is why I feel it is important for you all to have a resource available and the space to talk to one other and offer support! You never know what impact your story can have on someone else. Something that seems obvious to you, others might not have thought about. Obviously, a big tub of ice cream may not be the best way to deal with emotions! So what does keep you positive? Time spent with family and friends? Watching a great movie? What about music? I’d love to hear some stories and feedback from you all. I really look forward to participating in helping kidney patients during my time here at The Center! Please comment below to share your story or reach out to me directly at


  1. I am a 42 year old male and I have been stressing this for years at the Bel Air, MD clinic. Part of the treatment plan should be the mental aspect of things. I feel my results would be so much better with the right mental guideness to dealing with kidney failure. I also believe it should be age specific (age groups) because I feel I am out on an island with older patients all around me. And older patients don’t know what I am going through at my age.

  2. Welcome Megan and so glad to have you! You are absolutely correct- emotions are half of the percent of the decisions us kidney patients make. I am grateful you have a blog on this topic. I am trying to think of a creative title…

  3. Thank you Ed. we are going to ramp up our efforts and have more resources for all ages available on our website I think all patients can learn from each other, but hopefully this blog will help you connect with someone who is in a similar situation.

  4. Carmen, thank you! what resources or tools have you used to help cope with the emotions?

  5. cynthia frankiln says:

    Megan, i enjoyed reading your blog. My name is Cynthia Franklin i have been living with kidney diease for also 33 years, on dialysis for 4 years. I am now in June i wii be 60 years, during these 4 years my mental state is great. I try not to dwell on my circumstances i read alot of self help books, the most imporant one for me is the Bible and my belief, that has helped me tremendously. Although everyone has the own belief or way of couping this works for me, by keeping me focus,happy,and content. Some days i may feel like a small cloud is hanging low, but then i think of people less fortunate then myself or the ones that are very sick not only on dialysis but have heart diease, diabetes, and other medical complication. Every day is other day to work through whatever it is that concerns us. Yes it may be difficult for younger people know that you are not alone doing your journey.

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