Transplant Chronicles Fall 2008

Food Safety is a Must!

By Janelle Gonyea, RD

Food safety is important for everyone, but it is especially true for those who have received a transplant.  Improper handling of foods can lead to food borne illness (commonly referred to as food poisoning).  Food borne illness can be very serious, even fatal, so food safety must be part of your daily routine.  Transplant patients are at particular risk due to the fact that immunosuppressive medications leave you more susceptible to illness.

Read on to learn more about proper food handling.


An Advocate's Journey: Reducing Cancer Risk for Recipients

By Pearl Lewis

Advocate Pearl Lewis with her life partner, Joe Morton
Pearl Lewis and her family have faced kidney failure, cancer and other serious health ailments. Read on for Pearl's inspiring personal story and see how she persevered to become a powerful patient advocate.



Using the Internet for Networking and Learning

By Rebecca Hays, MSW, LGSW and Cathy Paykin, MSSW

Many transplant recipients and their families seek opportunities to connect and discuss their personal experiences. The Internet is a great way to meet others who know what you are going through and to share advice, concerns and feelings.

Click here to see how the Internet can be used as a valuable networking tool.


Side Effects of Immunosuppressant Medications as they Affect Physical Fitness: A Physical Therapist's Point of View

By Martha Walker, DPT, CSCS
Chris L. Wells, PhD, PT, CCS, ATC

At the time of your organ transplant, you were placed on a regimen of immunosuppressant medications to prevent your immune system from rejecting the donor organ. There are many different immunosuppressant medications you may have been prescribed, including corticosteroids, tacrolimus, cyclosporine, mycophenolate, azathioprine, and sirolimus. These medications are vital for your new organ's survival; however, many of them come with mild to severe unwanted side effects. But there are steps you can take to lessen their impact.

Learn more about avoiding the side effects of immunosuppressant medications here.


Finding a Health Care Team When Moving to a New City

By Alice McCall, RN, Kidney Recipient

Moving to a new city and locating health care providers can be daunting for a transplant recipient, to say the least.  Besides the emotions involved in leaving the comfort of a transplant team who knows you, you need to prepare to interview many professionals to find the ones who are right for you.

Discover more tips on searching for new health care providers here.


Selecting the Right Shoes

Chris L. Wells, PhD, PT, CCS, ATC

Exercise has been described as essential for transplant recipients. Walking is an easy way to get exercise, and investing in good shoes may be all you need to get started.

To learn what to look for when making your next purchase and to test the shoes you're wearing now click here.


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