Your feelings

Having a transplant is probably one of the most stressful things you will ever face. It is emotionally hard as well as physically demanding.

There may be times when you are anxious, frightened or depressed. You may ask yourself questions like, ‘Is the treatment working?’, ‘Will my blood counts ever go up?’ or ‘How am I going to cope with the side effects?’.

Talking to family and friends about how you are feeling often helps. If you are struggling to cope with low moods, let your nurse or doctor know. They can refer you to someone trained in giving expert emotional help, such as a counsellor or psychologist.

Getting support

After a transplant, you will need a lot of support. It is important to talk to family, friends and your partner, if you have one, about how you are feeling.

Support groups

These groups offer a chance to talk to other people who have been through the same experience as you. Joining a group can be helpful if you live alone or don’t feel able to talk to people you know about your feelings. Not everyone finds talking in a group easy, so it might not be right for you. Try visiting one to see what it is like before you decide.

Online support

Many people get support on the internet. There are online support groups, social networking sites, forums, chat rooms and blogs for people affected by cancer. You can use these to share your experiences, ask questions, get advice from others and give advice based on your experiences.

Call 0808 808 00 00 to find out about groups near you.

You could also join our Online Community, where you can talk to people in chat rooms, blog your journey, make friends and join support groups.

Always, we continued to be focused on the positive outcome, having been warned of the hard work required of us both.

Lesley

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