is normal to feel apprehensive about attending a transplant support 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.
these reasons are all valid, there are also some good reasons to attend transplant
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.
more, patients often learn from each other and exchange important information. Transplant
support groups can also help you become familiar with members of the transplant
teams. Knowledgeable staff members, who can help provide support and education,
facilitate the groups.
support group meetings are held in the 4 West Conference Room, next to the
Transplant/Hepatology Clinic at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in
Burlington, Massachusetts. Groups include: