Deciding to have a transplant is a significant event. It is like embarking on a long, challenging journey. It is also the beginning of a busy time when you will be organizing your personal affairs so that you can give your full attention to coping with the treatment experience.
Most patients begin by making an appointment to consult with our doctors to discuss the possibility of a transplant. Once you are determined to be eligible and you are scheduled for a transplant, our staff will send you a book and DVD called “Preparing for Transplant.” These will guide you through the necessary planning, preparation and decision making. They include information about:
- Living in Seattle
- Selecting a caregiver
- Bringing children with you and arranging for school and childcare
- Making financial arrangements to pay for your transplant and your living expenses during your time in Seattle, or raising funds to help
The Patient and Family Resource Center has information about support services and classes. They also offer computer work stations with printers, fax machines and copy machines for you to use.