No-one can accurately determine the life expectancy of someone on dialysis. Major breakthroughs over the last 20 years have given many a long and good life. I personally know of several people who have been on dialysis for 10 and 20 years. A lot has to do with co-present illnesses. There are options too. I researched this for any sign of premature death due to dialysis and haven't found a one. So sis, the chances of a person living a significant and worthwhile life are better than ever and getting better by the day. Hugs to you, my sister by another mother, Love....Penny [ps]. The biggest threat to life with dialysis, is cardiac arrest, so if you know someone on dialysis, tell them that diet and exercise are very important in preventing this. Many people on dialysis, live a completely sedentary lifestyle, which we know is not good for us.
I know a lady who started dialysis around six years ago and is still on it.
I have had diabetes for 32 years and i have been on dialysis for 9 years. Im also a single parent. I feel great have a positive attitude and watch what you eat it helps.