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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 Caregiver Chats
  3. BMT Grief Support 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.


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

  

March 2019 - GvHD 
An opportunity for education, discussion, and support around graft-versus-host disease.

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

 

Register for BMT Survivorship Chats: 
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 Chats 

    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 
    • Each month, a caregiver topic is highlighted for discussion
    • The group is offered once a month

    If you would like more information or to register for an upcoming BMT Caregiver Chat, please call 1 (888) 999-6743 or email patientinfo@nmdp.org.

    3. 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 wee
    • 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 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.