Transplant survivors, and their loved ones, have been through an extraordinary experience. As you move forward with your life, you may find yourself feeling different - different from the people around you and different than your former self.
Survivorship may mean a new appreciation of life, new interests or new priorities. It may also mean getting used to side effects and learning to function despite them. Although most of these will resolve by the first year after transplant, some survivors must adjust to side effects long-term.
Transplant survivors find joy in the fact that they have been given a new lease on life. However, protecting your health long-term requires a good understanding of the treatment you've undergone and your risk for developing complications later on. It also requires a good working partnership with your healthcare providers who will monitor you for late effects of transplant.