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“Support groups are safe spaces to share your fears and frustrations without feeling judged or misunderstood. Participants in a support group may understand what you’re experiencing in ways that other people might not.” 

-Katie Schoeppner, MSW, LICSW, Supervisor, Counseling Services

Telephone Support Groups

  1. BMT Survivorship Chats
  2. BMT Grief Support Group

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1. BMT Survivorship Chats

BMT survivors discuss experiences, challenges and insights about life after transplant with other survivors. 

Here's what you need to know:

  • The chats are facilitated by BMT Social Workers and Patient Navigators 
  • Each month, a transplant recovery topic is highlighted for discussion
  • Groups are offered three times each month
  • If you are interested in a topic, you can sign up for more than one session

Current times and topics are listed below.


November - Saying Thank You
Engaging discussion around saying thank you to those who helped you on your transplant journey including family, medical staff, and your doctor, as well as how to say thank you to your donor if you are not able to engage directly.

Monday, November 113:00 p.m. Central Time
Wednesday, November 2010:00 a.m. Central Time
Tuesday, November 2612:00 p.m. Central time

  

December - Managing Fatigue When the Demands Are High
Considering the experience of post-transplant fatigue during a high-energy season.

Monday, December 93:00 p.m. Central Time
Tuesday, December 1712:00 p.m. Central Time
Wednesday, December 1810:00 a.m. Central Time

 

Register for BMT Survivorship Chats: 

  1. Register online, or
  2. Contact us at 1 (888) 999-6743 or patientinfo@nmdp.org with the date(s) you would like to join

    We will email you with dial-in information prior to the session(s).
2. BMT Grief Support Group 

Those who have experienced the death of a loved one following BMT can join the BMT Grief Support Group to:
- Connect with caring peers
- Share experiences
- Learn more about the grief process and available resources

Here's what you need to know:

  • The chats are facilitated by BMT Social Workers and Patient Navigators
  • The group is offered as an 8-session series and will meet for 75 minutes every other week
  • Each session, we will explore a different topic related to grief and bereavement
  • Participants are encouraged to join all eight sessions

If you would like more information or to register for an upcoming BMT Grief Support Group series, please:

  1. Register online, or
  2. Contact us at 1 (888) 999-6743 or email patientinfo@nmdp.org

    What to consider when choosing a support group

    Ask yourself:

        • Do I enjoy being part of a group?
        • Am I ready to talk about my feelings?
        • Do I want to hear other people’s stories and advice?
        • Would it make me feel better to offer support to other patients, caregivers or parents?

       Ask a group leader:
          • How many people attend?
          • Is it just for patients, caregivers or parents?
          • Are others welcome?
          • How often does the group meet?
          • What is a typical meeting like?

      Looking for something local?

      Ask your transplant center social worker for help finding an in-person support group near you. Or, contact the Be The Match Patient Support Center at 1 (888) 999-6743 or patientinfo@nmdp.org for help finding resources in your area.