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Be The Match Survivorship Program

The Be The Match Survivorship program provides tailored survivorship care plans and regular follow-up appointments with a nurse practitioner for patients after a blood or marrow transplant (BMT).

Our survivorship program team will:

  • Review your medical records
  • Schedule in-depth telephone appointments with you
  • Work closely with your healthcare team to ensure seamless care

This program is free. Currently, it is limited to patients who received a blood or marrow transplant from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

What is survivorship?

Survivorship is about all the ways—physical, emotional, social and spiritual—that a person lives after a serious event. Some people use the word to describe life after BMT. Others use it to describe life after any life-threatening diagnosis. And there are also people who don’t like the word. There is no right or wrong way to think of survivorship.

The Be The Match Virtual Survivorship program is for people who have gone through BMT. We think survivorship care coordination includes clinical assessment to identify new symptoms or concerns, information to help you care for your physical and mental health, and most importantly expert care coordination to help you have a good quality of life.

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What is a survivorship care plan?

A survivorship care plan is a guide for how to best take care of your health after a transplant. It is tailored to your specific situation and includes recommendations for routine screening and preventative care. It includes:

  • Information on when to have certain tests
  • Guidance on ways to boost your mental and physical health
  • Questions to ask your doctor

What happens when I sign up?

First, you’ll complete consent forms allowing your healthcare teams and Be The Match send your medical records to each other.

Then, our team will contact you to schedule your first appointment with our nurse practitioner. During your first appointment by telephone, the nurse practitioner will review your history, review your survivorship care plan, talk about any concerns you have and schedule your next appointment. This appointment will take about 1 hour.

Each month, you’ll have a 1-hour appointment by telephone with the nurse practitioner to follow-up on your concerns and provide care reminders.

We will continue to communicate with you University of Michigan healthcare team and your local healthcare team. You’ll also get a summary of your appointment and helpful resources from the Be The Match Patient Support Center.

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Contact Us

1-866-301-4650
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Meet the team

Angela Woods, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC

AngelaAngela joined the National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match in 2020. She has patient care experience in Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplant and Hematology with the Nashville Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Angela received a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and is a licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and board-certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Lilly Rezac, CCLS, BMT Patient Navigator

Lily Lilly joined the Be The Match Patient Support Center in 2020. Lilly is graduate from the University of Minnesota where she earned a degree in psychology and minored in Public Health. She is a Certified Child Life Specialist and previously worked at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, helping patients and families cope with illness and hospitalization. Lilly is a member of the Association of Child Life Professionals. As a patient navigator, Lilly can provide helpful information regarding transplant, find answers to your financial questions, connect you with other transplant patients and resources, and help you cope with life after transplant.

Lindsay Zuniga, MS, CCLS, BMT Patient Navigator

LindsayLindsay is a Volunteer Navigator in the Patient Support Center at Be The Match. Lindsay joined the Be The Match in November 2019. She is a Certified Child Life Specialist and received her Master's degree in Child Development from Erikson Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Lindsay previously worked at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the outpatient oncology clinic providing education and support to patients and families. She is a member of the Association of Child Life Professionals. As a patient navigator, Lindsay will provide helpful information regarding transplant, find answers to your financial questions, connect you with other transplant patients and resources, and help you cope with life after transplant.

Jennifer Byers, B.A.

JenniferJennifer is an Administrative Specialist at the National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match. In her current position, Jennifer holds administrative responsibility for the Patient Services Department. During her seven years at Be The Match, she has also supported the Health Services Research Team, the Patient Services Advisory Group (PSAG), the Diversity and Healthcare Disparities Advisory Group (DDAG), the Consumer Advocacy Committee (CAC), the Education Consortium and other patient outreach programs. Jennifer will work directly with you, scheduling appointments and coordinating with clinical services and patient services teams.