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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

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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.


April 2019 - Sleep Post-Transplant
A discussion around the impact of transplant on sleep, and an opportunity for education around strategies to improve sleep.

Monday, April 83:00 p.m. Central Time
Wednesday, April 1710:00 a.m. Central Time
Tuesday, April 2312:00 p.m. Central time

  

May 2019 - Navigating Relationships as a BMT Survivor 
Navigating new relationships and re-negotiating existing relationships post-transplant.

Monday, May 133:00 p.m. Central Time
Wednesday, May 2210:00 a.m. Central Time
Tuesday, May 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 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 twice a month

    Current times and topics are listed below.

    April 2019 - Resilience
    Time to reflect on and discuss how to build resilience during times of adversity while caregiving.

    Monday, April 84:30 p.m. Central Time 
    Wednesday, April 2411:00 a.m. Central Time

     

    May 2019 - Navigating Relationships as a BMT Caregiver
    A conversation around connecting with your patient, family, and community as a BMT caregiver.

    Monday, May 134:30 p.m. Central Time
    Wednesday, May 2911:00 a.m. Central Time 

     
    Register for BMT Caregiver 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)

    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 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.