@Grivusangel -- Sorry to hear about your dad. I know you must miss him.
Still, I do know a few people who have been on dialysis long term and have done pretty well with it. My uncle has been on it for, oh, maybe 10 years or so, and he has done well. He's a diabetic, too, but except for his kidneys, his overall health was fairly good. I guess all the years of being diabetic and not watching his diet too closely eventually took their toll. Still, he's been able to still do many things he enjoys doing, and I'm so glad, because some people allow dialysis to severely limit their activities.
The truth is that people can even travel if they're on dialysis! All they need to do is ask their dialysis nurse to make arrangements at the center in the city where they will be staying, or even along the way, if it's a road trip. My uncle goes to the beach every year and takes his treatments down there.