If you are a potential organ donor or recipient or have already received or given an organ, you may need support. It is sometimes good to hear about other people’s experiences and to share yours. When I was preparing for donation I read a lot of blogs that showed details on donor’s experiences.
Donors: Living Donors Online is a good place to read about the experiences of others or to share yours. It has message boards and also links to blogs and donor stories. LDO covers all kinds of organ and tissue donation. Also check out national organizations like the National Kidney Foundation.
Recipients: To see if there are online stories, contact your local affiliate of national organizations like the National Kidney Foundation.
If you like to see people tell their stories, go to YouTube and you will see many videos of donors and recipients.
To meet with other donors and recipients, this list has support groups in several states: Transplant Living.org. To see if there are support groups in your community, contact your local affiliate of national organizations like the National Kidney Foundation. Hospitals and doctors often have support group information as well.
Here in Mid Michigan, we have the Transplant Support Group/Lansing Area. It meets the second Thursday of each month at The Peoples Church, 200 W. Grand River, East Lansing, Michigan in the Centennial Room, lower level off the Social Hall. Upcoming meeting dates are: February 9, March 8, April 12, and May 10. For more information Contact Joan C. Smith at (517) 351-2175 or email@example.com
The Transplant Support Group shares experiences and answer questions. Discussion is treated confidentially by the support group so people can feel free to share fears, concerns, successes and failures as it relates to the transplantation process. The group serves pre- and post-transplant patients, such as – eye, heart, lung, liver, kidney, bone marrow candidates and recipients.
The group would like to invite patients and caregivers to join them. You do not have to have had a transplant to come to the meetings. It is open to people who reside in the Lansing area and beyond. Such support is provided without regard for race, color, gender, national origin or faith.