October Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Support Group: Connecting with Other Transplant Patients

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The kidney transplant journey can present unique challenges during each phase of the process.

When you are beginning the process, it can be daunting to complete all the additional tests and wait to learn the decision of the multidisciplinary team about the best treatment option for you. Once you’re on the kidney transplant waiting list, the wait is long for a deceased donor kidney to become available, and managing dialysis treatments with other commitments during that season can be difficult. After you receive a transplant, there is a whole new normal to adjust to that includes taking many post-transplant medications.

At every stage of the transplant process, connecting with other people who have already received a kidney transplant, as well as with those who are at the same phase of the journey that you’re at, can provide unique and helpful support.

That’s why the October 23rd Penn Kidney/Pancreas Support Group will feature a panel discussion from pre- and post-transplant patients who will share their insight and experiences. We will provide time for informal sharing, guided by a member of the Penn Kidney Transplant Social Work team.

This session will take place on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine (3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104) in the Transplant 2 West Conference Room from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

The session is free and open to pre- and post-transplant patients and their caregivers. Registration is required.

To register, please contact Kelsey Novi, MSW, LSW, kidney transplant social worker, at Kelsey.Novi@uphs.upenn.edu or 215-900-2275.

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