TRIO transplant recipient members owe a lot to our dedicated and loving caregivers who not only give us support, but oten are the very reason we are inspired to go on living. Knowing the caregiver often endures the challenge of the transplant unknown while we as recipients are asleep during that worrisome many hours of surgery, this caregiver resource hopefully will help caregivers in their lives and support roles.
TRIO partners with and recommends the Transplant Caregivers - Partners for Life Facebook group which can be found by clicking on that title or at https://www.facebook.com/groups/PartnersForLife/
January 1st, 2015 Message from Transplant Caregivers hosts:
If you are caregiver of a loved one who is pre- or post- transplant and looking for a private, virtual forum to share your experiences, please join us on Facebook at Transplant Caregivers – Partners for Life
2014 was a difficult year for many, many people. For you, it may have brought you to your knees more times than you could count.
...For you, it may have left you breathless … hopeless … tired and weary.
But before you eagerly slam the door on 2014, I ask you to look at your loved one and remember:
You could have let go, but you didn’t.
You could have given up, but you didn’t.
You hung on. And here’s what I believe.
I believe 2014 was…
Your Year of Greatest Strength
Your Year of Greatest Faith
Your Year of Greatest Hope
Your Year of Greatest Patience
Your Year of Greatest Risk
Your Year of Greatest Trust
Your Year of Greatest Determination
Your Year of Greatest Courage
May 2015 bring you a year of peace and continued hope.
Adapted from Rachel Stafford, “Hands Free Revolution.”
Some resources for caregivers (click on titles to link to that resource):
Fall 2014 Lifelines article: A well-informed caregiver with appropriate emotional support is essential to the well-being of the transplant patient
Winter 2015 Lifelines article: Who Would Have Thought?