Here are some pointers that the National Kidney Foundation offers to those who are waiting for an organ transplant:
- Waiting can provide you with the opportunity to overcome difficult feelings such as denial or anger at being ill.
- Paying attention to what makes us feel good about ourselves can make a difference. For example, wear colors that perk you up.
- A psychotherapist, psychologist or psychiatrist can be a great help to some of us.
- The situation can be equally stressful for your family and friends. Some may arise to the occasion and really be there for you; others may find it too painful to provide support. Allow everyone to be who they are. You may develop new support systems. Just be open to the new opportunities.
Source: Waiting for a Transplant, National Kidney Foundation. Information reproduced with permission.