(BPT) - Receiving an organ transplant can be a life-changing event for both recipients and donors. While a new organ can provide hope for the future for recipients, there are still many challenges they face living with a transplant beyond just medical care.
1) Living with a transplant can take an immense physical toll, not only from the impact of the surgery, but also from anti-rejection medication side effects. However, there is an emotional impact, as well.
2) While everyone’s emotional journey is different, many organ transplant recipients may struggle with depression and anxiety, or other negative feelings.
3) Organ transplant recipients can feel isolated from their loved ones, as they cannot always participate in the same physical or social activities they did before receiving their transplant.
4) The pandemic has not made it easy for those with a transplant to connect through in-person support groups and local patient meetings due to being immunocompromised.
5) There are online support platforms, like TransplantLyfe, where recipients can connect one-on-one with others like them, and even discuss their transplant journey on forums anonymously.
It’s important for transplant recipients to know they’re not going through their journeys alone. TransplantLyfe, sponsored by CSL Behring, is dedicated to providing organ transplant recipients, their support partners and donors with the support they need in the transplant journey. To sign up, visit transplantlyfe.com/signup.