This fantastic clip from the last few episodes of "ER" epitomize it beautifully and tragically:
Since his character has only been on Dialysis for a few weeks, I'm going to be very disappointed if he gets a cadaver kidney. It would do a disservice to those unaware of what Dialysis patients endure and would take the TV cop out that most shows seem to embrace (I'm talking to you "Nip/Tuck")
I've returned to "ER" after seasons away to see how they handle this character's predicament.
For the sake of all of us suffering through this horrible treatment, lets hope after fifteen years of quality television, they don't let us down in the end.