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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

We offer two types of support groups

  1. Making Connections - Transplant Survivors Open Chat
  2. BMT Caregiver Support Group

1. Making Connections - Transplant Survivors Open Chat

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 discussions

-Groups are offered four 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: 


January 2019 - Beyond Medication: Exploring Methods for Coping
Exploring methods for coping that fall outside of standard treatment (yoga, Tai chi, Reiki, massage, essential oils, guided imagery, mindfulness techniques). 

Monday, January 143:00 p.m. CST 
Wednesday, January 2310:00 a.m. CST 
Tuesday, January 2912:00 p.m. CST

  

February 2019 - BMT and Sexuality 
Exploring the impact BMT has on sexuality, intimacy and identity.

Monday, February 113:00 p.m. CST 
Wednesday, February 2010:00 a.m. CST 
Tuesday, February 2612:00 p.m. CST 

 

Register for Making Connections - Transplant Survivors Open Chat: 
-Call 1 (888) 999-6743, or email 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 Caregiver Support Group 

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

    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-week series
    -Each week, we will explore a different topic related to caregiving
    -Caregivers are encouraged to participate is all eight sessions

      If you would like more information or to register for an upcoming BMT Caregiver Group series, please call 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.