Adjusting to an Organ Transplant
Thinking about a lung transplant can be overwhelming and frightening. The transplant team is available to answer questions, talk about your concerns, provide information about support groups, and give names of other transplant patients to talk to. It is also important to include your family in making the decision to have a transplant. They will play an important part in your recovery.
Coping with the fears and changes related to your transplant requires a lot of emotional energy. It is important that you keep a positive mental attitude. Do not be surprised if your moods change, if you become anxious, or if you have feelings of depression. These feelings are all normal and you may find it helpful to talk with a member of the transplant team, your nurse, or the social worker. Understanding your feelings is just as important as taking physical care of your new organ and body.
It is the goal of the transplant team, that after your transplant, you will be able to return to a productive life. Please be aware that this may affect your disability benefits.
You are making one or have made one of the most difficult decisions in your lifetime to have an organ transplant. Having an organ transplant is a life-long commitment. Please discuss any concerns or questions you may have with your transplant team. You may even find comfort in joining a local support group.
(Reference: University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority. http://www.uwhealth.com)