Undergoing a transplant is a time of great emotional and practical upheaval with many patients and their families experiencing worries and concerns. The transplant team are there to help work through these issues, providing extra emotional support for patients and their families so that they can cope with life after a transplant and make a successful transition through their rehabilitation.
Research suggests that is a major life event and that there are a range of normal psychological reactions to having a transplant. It can be very confusing to experience these strong emotions and that can make it harder to adjust to living with a donor organ.
Waiting for a transplant can be a difficult time, people often feel very anxious waiting for that all important call. This causes a range of normal bodily stress symptoms which can lead to increases in existing physical symptoms.
For example, stress causes increased muscle tension which can lead to increased pain. It can also make hyperventilate which makes breathing much harder. Stress also makes your heart beat faster which can be frightening if you have a heart condition.
The transplant team are there to support the whole family. So if you or your partner, family member or carer is feeling worried or low in mood or needing emotional support please contact your local team