• What can I do to help my mother as she prepares for the transplant

    Asked by Jo96822 on Friday, March 8, 2013

    What can I do to help my mother as she prepares for the transplant

    Yay! Just notified of a 9/10 unrelated donor match. Now that it is real, my mom is really scared. We will have to move to California temporarily while she has the transplant. Does anyone have any suggestions on what might help her fears? Perhaps talking to a transplant survivor?

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    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and I think it might help your mom if you ask the doc doing the transplant for a few names of former patients who might share their experience with her. Many docs are proud of their work and often use patients for references to other patients, and for teaching purposes. Congratulations and best of luck to your mom, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      Are you talking about a bone marrow transplant? I cannot help you personally but if you google Robin Roberts, she is a public figure who just went through this. She is one of the hosts of Good Morning America who beat breast cancer a few years ago and now has a form of leukemia. She was very open about her diagnosis and treatment. They just aired a 20/20 episode all about her. She had to undergo 10 consecutive days of chemo before getting her transplant. If you can watch that episode, it's very informative. Here is a link talking about Robin and her condition. Maybe if you google more about her, you can find more information. Best of luck to your mother.


      over 3 years ago
    • ter303's Avatar

      I had a BMT 8/12. I'll be happy to talk to here

      over 3 years ago
    • ter303's Avatar

      I meant her. LOL

      over 3 years ago
    • clemsoncash1's Avatar

      I am now almost 2 year post transplant (May 2011). I didn't really have alot of options as far as treatment, it was transplant or nothing. I tried reading message boards but I always ended up finding scary complications that could come up. I just listened to the doctors and found out what sort of activities would make it easier on my recovery. Walking every day before are during helped alot, taking a shower every day, and doing what I could when I had the energy do it helped. Also planning something post transplant like a trip was helpful too.

      over 3 years ago

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