Transplant Chronicles Summer 2011

Tai ChiThe Power of Tai Chi

Transplant Patient Teaches Tai Chi Classes to Fellow Transplant Patients
By Richard Link

When Richard Link received his second kidney transplant, he was overweight and out of shape. To get himself back on the road to good health, he discovered Tai Chi. Richard quickly realized this ancient art form is the perfect exercise for pre- or post-transplant patients: it's both physical and mental, and is a gentle way for transplant patients to regain their strength and recover. Read more of Richard's inspirational journey here.

The Journey of Transplantation: Considerations for Older Adults

by Kristin Fischer, MSW

Developing end-stage organ disease at an older age doesn't have to be as devastating as it once may have been. Progress in surgical technique, medications, and transplant care has led to a dramatic increase in the number of older individuals who are able to successfully undergo organ transplantation and live a longer and healthier life. Click here for important factors that must be considered when deciding if transplant in an older candidate is a realistic option.

Medication Compliance

By Mary H. Wu

Mary Wu was 12 years old when she received her second kidney transplant. As if dealing with adolescent angst wasn't hard enough, Mary now had to remember to take an arsenal of medication on a daily basis. Click here to read how Mary came to terms with her new lifestyle—and realized how blessed she is to have received the gift of life.

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Post-Transplant Bone Disease

By Leslie Spry MD FACP FASN

Mineral and bone disorder of chronic kidney disease (CKD-MBD) is a common outcome after transplantation. Bone health needs to be monitored carefully after transplantation and is an essential component of your after transplant care. For important information on post-transplant bone disease and treatment, click here.

What to do if you Fall at Home?

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

Falls are the leading cause of injury-associated deaths in adults over the age of 65 each year. But there are many things you can do to prepare yourself and your home to prevent falls from happening. Click here for practical tips on avoiding falls—and what to do next if you do happen to fall.

Team USAWhat Winners Choose to Share: The 2011 World Transplant Games

By Lora Wilson

While the competition was fierce and spirited, the World Transplant Games are all about sharing—stories, customs, trinkets, pins, hats and even the shirts off their backs. Read more about this extraordinary event honoring the gift of life, which took place this summer in Göteborg, Sweden, here.

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