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Mon, Jun 17 10:56am · Liver transplant support group in Transplants

A topic for your support group could include a donor family member tell their story of how their loved one saved lives. We have had speakers talk to the group about dermatology, anxiety, depression, medication side effects, evolution of transplant, stages and types of rejection, insurance and medication claims. there is a lot to talk about!

Fri, Mar 15 4:32pm · Hip replacement after having had kidney transplant in Transplants

We are having an education meeting on this very subject on March 25, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ. For those of you in the area, go to our website for more information. One of our board members had knee surgery after YEARS of trying to find a doctor that was confident enough.

Fri, Mar 15 4:29pm · Transplant Events in Transplants

Transplant Education Meeting in Phoenix, AZ March 25, 2019 6pm

At the March education meeting, we will discuss the risks and benefits of surgery, how to prepare for after-care, and steps to take to prevent post-surgery complications.

As bone mineral density declines with age, it is often accelerated by immunospressive medications, corticosteroids, and immobility in a post-transplant patients (1), and recipients have the potential to develop painful osteoporotic fractures (2). Hip or knee surgery provides joint pain relief and dramatic improvement in quality of life for transplant recipients, however it needs a multidisciplinary team approach. The transplant team should consult with the surgeon prior to surgery.

Join us as Dr. Jarbo from OrthoArizona educates us on the common issues faced by organ transplant recipients that are in need of a joint replacement or surgery.

A graduate of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Dr. Jarbo completed his surgery residency in orthopedics at Banner Good Samaritan Orthopedic Surgery and established his practice in Phoenix. Dr. Jarbo specializes in knee, shoulder, and elbow surgery including ligament reconstruction of the knee (ACL/PCL) and elbow (UCL or “Tommy John”), cartilage restoration procedures, rotator cuff and labral surgery, minimally invasive knee and shoulder replacements, reverse shoulder replacement and fracture care.

for more information, go to http://www.NewLifeSociety.org/new-events

1 McDonaldJA,DunstanCR,DilworthP,SherbonK,SheilAG, Evans RA, et al. Bone loss after liver transplantation. Hepatology 1991;14:613-619

2 Brian T. Nickel, MD, Cameron K. Ledford, MD, Tyler Steven Watters, MD,∗ Samuel S. Wellman, MD, and Michael P. Bolognesi, MD, Arthroplasty in organ transplant patients, Arthroplasty Today. 2015 June, 10.1016/j.artd.2015.04.002

Nov 5, 2018 · Transplant Events in Transplants

Transplant Community Event in Arizona 11/11/18 3pm

Good morning! New Life Society is a local charity that bridges relationships with transplant organizations and offers support through programs to enhance and protect the quality of life for transplant recipients, caregivers and their families.

We are celebrating 30 years of support to transplant patients and caregivers in Arizona. We will have a FREE party, and anyone is invited to attend. We will have BBQ, a Tribute Wall, live band, Photo Booth and a short presentation hosted by Pat MacMahon, a long-time advocate of our work.

For more information and to RSVP, please go to:


I hope to meet new transplant patients and transplant team members from Mayo! See you there!

May 7, 2018 · Transplant Events in Transplants

May is Mental Health Awareness month! How are you feeling on your transplant journey? So are many other recipients and caregivers are experiencing those intense feelings; you are not alone.
At our next education class, we will be discussing the psychosocial effects of the transplant journey. Join us for an open and honest discussion with Charlie Thomas, social worker from Banner Transplant Institute with almost 2 decades of experience with transplant patients, Dr. Jose Urdaneta, psychiatrist for transplant patients at St. Joseph's Hospital and Dr James Spivey, Chair of Internal Medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital and background in hepatology and transplant. Charlie Thomas will give a presentation on studies in mental health of transplant recipients and Dr Urdaneta and Dr Spivey will comment and answer questions.
The meeting will be on Monday May 14, 2018 at 5:00pm at 24th Street Conference Center, 1841 N 24th Street in Phoenix, AZ. All are welcome!
Light refreshments provided by New Life Soceity.
Please message me if you have any questions!

Mar 14, 2018 · Transplant Events in Transplants

We are excited to have expert Nicole Christofferson PharmD, manager of the Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, at the education meeting on March 22, 2018.   She will be answering all of your questions about transplant medications and the importance of adherence to therapies.

Mrs. Christofferson has 14 years of pharmacy experience in transplant medications and is now managing the specialty pharmacy in Mesa.  Walgreens offers specialized care with a range of medications, therapies and services to make managing transplants easier.

The meeting will be on March 22, 2018 at 5:00pm at 24th Street Conference Center, 1841 N 24th Street in Phoenix, AZ. All are welcome!

Mar 2, 2018 · Are there any other pre-liver transplant caregivers out there? in Transplants

My advice is to get an appointment with the facility that you would like to do your transplant. You will have a social worker assigned to your husband that can help him get ready for his transplant. Also, most transplant facilities require you to stay close by and each one is different with their requirement. I recommend traveling to Mayo, but maybe you could start with your insurance company? And there is no "window," there is scale based on need. Your husband could be on the waitlist for a long time or short time, it's hard to know for sure.

Feb 23, 2018 · Are there any other pre-liver transplant caregivers out there? in Transplants

Caregiver is a difficult job! Make sure to give yourself some "me" time with friends, soaking bath or reading a book. You have to go through EVERYTHING your husband is going through, PLUS you are responsible for all of the medications, you have have to learn new terminology, you have to talk to the doctors, you have to be the advocate, the list goes on and on. Keep reaching out to find a caregiver buddy to lean on when you need it! You're doing a great job!