The Department of Transplantation offers support groups for Lahey patients and their families. It is normal to feel apprehensive about attending a group. Many people feel reluctant about talking in a group setting. Others may feel that they have enough issues of their own and do not want to listen to other people's problems. Still others have so many appointments with doctors that they do not have time for one more appointment. While these reasons are all valid, there are also some good reasons to attend support group meetings. A group can provide you with mutual aid. You will be able to meet others with similar thoughts and concerns, and realize you are not alone. In this respect, support groups can help reduce anxiety and depression. Patients often learn from each other and exchange important information. Groups can also help you become familiar with members of the transplant teams. Knowledgeable staff, who can help provide support and education, facilitate the groups.
All support group meetings are held in the 4 West Conference Room, next to the Transplant/Hepatology Clinic at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, Mass.
For more information on liver-related support groups, contact Eric Richman, MSW, LICSW, at 781-744-5335.For kidney support group information, contact Merle Kushner, MSW, LICSW, at 781-744-8628.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Awards Lahey Clinic the Silver1 Medal of Honor for Organ Donation.