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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

Register for a Group

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.


March - GVHD
An opportunity for education, discussion and support around graft-versus-host disease.

Monday, March 93:00 p.m. Central Time
Wednesday, March 1810:00 a.m. Central Time
Tuesday, March 2412:00 p.m. Central time

  

April - Quarantine Coping & Conversations
We have decided to change this month's topic because of the way it has disrupted our daily lives. This survivorship chat will provide a safe space away from the isolation, where you can join others with similar experiences to discuss the psychological/physical effects caused by this virus and ways of coping with it.

Thursday, April 912:00 p.m. Central Time
Monday, April 133:00 p.m. Central Time
Wednesday, April 2210:00 a.m. Central Time
Tuesday, April 2812:00 p.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.