HDU Buddies

Welcome to HDU Buddies.  Some times we all need a little help.  Some one to talk to, someone to share with, or just someone to answer a question.  Whether you are a Dialyzor, a care partner, or a family member affected by dialysis, the ability to reach out to someone that shares our concerns and daily issues can make all the difference.  Someone that knows what we are going through, and someone that can help without judgement.   That is where HDU BUDDIES came from.

Burn out is a real part of Dialysis, and can often be mitigated by simply talking to another person that understands what we are going through, and can help with “those” days.

HDU BUDDIES has been developed over the last year to help with those concerns, and is now a nationwide network of Dialyzors and Care Partners that communicate with each other for each others mutual well being.  We offer different categories of BUDDIES in an attempt to meet your specific needs.

Someone with a common situation to yours.  We match Dialyzors with Dialyzors, Care Partners with Care Partners, and hopefully two or three Buddies that share your common interests and issues.

New to dialysis, or home dialysis?  Then a mentor may be for you.  Someone that has been doing this for a number of years, and has faced and conquered the issues that you are facing now and is willing to help.

We do at times lose a Dialyzor, and at these times the care partner and family members need some extra help.  We have members that have been through this, and are willing to help.

To be paired up with a Buddy, a Mentor, or a grief partner, simply fill out the BUDDY REQUEST FORM that follows, and you will be contacted shortly to put you together with your new Buddies.

HDU Buddies Program

Request for Dialysis Buddy, Mentor, or Grief Partner

First Name (required):

Last Name (required):

Your Email Address (required):


City (required):

State/Province (required):

Zip/Postal Code:


Phone (required):

My preferred method of communication is:

What kind of peer support are you looking for?

I would like to have a:
BuddyMentorGrief Partner

I would prefer to be matched with someone who is:
MaleFemaleDoesn't Matter

About You:

To help us identify potential matches for you, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your (or your partner’s) treatment:

Your age:

Gender (required):

Are you (please select one):

If you are on dialysis, what year did you start?:

If you are currently on dialysis, what type of dialysis are you on now?:
Home hemoIn-center hemodialysisPeritoneal dialysis

If you are dialyzing at home:

When did you begin home dialysis?:

Which home dialysis machine?:
NxStage System OneFresenius 2008CAPDBaxter HomeChoiceFresenius LibertyOther

How did you hear about the HDU Buddy System?:

Any comments or special requests:

I would like more information on: