- Children may benefit from connecting with others in their age group who have a family member being treated for cancer. The American Cancer Society and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society offer children’s groups in many locations. Visit Kids Konnected online or call toll-free at 1-800-899-2866. They offer advice about how to talk with children about cancer. Your social worker may refer you to other groups that are offered at the hospital or in the community.
- Support groups for adults and family members often help during stressful times. They can provide answers to commonly asked questions. They can also provide mutual support from others who have had a transplant. The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program offers support groups at University of Minnesota Medical Center. For other groups in the Twin Cities metro area you may contact your social worker or call the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345.
Identify your personal source of spirituality such as a faith community, meditation, reading, music or rituals.
- If you are a member of a faith community, arrange ways to keep in touch. People may want your address so they may send cards, offer support and words of encouragement.
- A chaplain is available to you during your treatment at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
Finding personal support
As you feel able to consider talking honestly with friends, family and colleagues to help them understand the types of support that you will need during your treatment.
- Support comes from many sources. As is comfortable for you reach out to work colleagues, neighbors, and community organizations, a religious or spiritual group, extended family or supportive friends. A group may offer to provide meals for family members at home while you are at the hospital. Others may offer to provide rides for children to school activities. Read more about assistance with coordinating these needs here.
- The CaringBridge web site offers a place for you to set up a web page to keep your family and friends informed during your hospital stay. It also provides a place for you to receive support and encouragement from those you love. To protect the privacy of our patients and staff, please do not identify other patients or health professionals on your CaringBridge page.
- The Internet is another source for information and a place to connect with transplant survivors. Start here.