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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: 


August 2018 - Prednisone: Steroid Treatment and Effects
Exploring the use and effects of prednisone and other steroid treatments

Monday, August 13   3:00 p.m. CDT 
Wednesday, August 15  10:00 a.m. CDT 
Tuesday, August 28  12:00 p.m. CDT

  

September 2018 - Chemo Brain
Exploring how chemo brain can affect daily life and how to cope with it

Monday, September 17   3:00 p.m. CDT 
Tuesday, September 25  12:00 p.m. CDT 
Wednesday, September 26  10:00 a.m. CDT 

 

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

      Registration is currently open for our next BMT Caregiver Support Group series:

      August 21 - October 9, 2018

      Every Tuesday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. CDT

       To register, 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.