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There will come a time during the transplant process when you will be ready to return to work or school. When you feel ready, and your blood counts have returned to normal, talk with your doctor about going back to work.

When you will be ready depends on your health and the type of work you do. Doctors may recommend people do not return to work until a year after transplant. However, if your work is physically demanding or puts you at risk for infection—such as construction or working with animals—you may need to wait longer. Your doctor and transplant team will guide you in your recovery and help you decide when would be a good time for you to go back to work.

Be The Match can help you find resources to help with your transition back to work. Contact our patient services coordinators:

1 (888) 999-6743
patientinfo@nmdp.org.

If possible, return to work part-time at first. You might experience ups and downs in your energy level that make full-time work difficult. You can gradually increase your hours as you are able.

Social security disability benefits may be available to you after transplant.

Visit our Returning to school page for tips on helping children adjust to school life after transplant.