Support Group

Peer-to-Peer Support Groups

Due to restrictions and restaurant closures, we have moved all of our support group meetings online with Zoom using your computer, phone or tablet. We meet Thursdays at 7pm and share stories, talk about issues and have a conversations about transplant life, good, bad and ugly!

Every week is something different. There will a topic of discussion for the evening, a guest speaker or a rousing Trivia game. The goal is to stay connected!

Please call 602-277-2661 or email info@TransplantAZ.org to register and receive the Zoom meeting code.

Past Speakers

November 26 – Thanksgiving. No speaker scheduled, however we will have a meeting open for anyone who wants to chat.

November 19 – Judy Maltz will be available to talk about private insurance, medicare and medicaid and open enrollment issues that relate to the specific needs of transplant

November 12- Judith Stapley, Executive Director of the Arizona State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers

November 5 – Loren Gallegly, LMSW Transplant Social Worker. While discussion may focus on kidney health and transplant, anyone is invited to attend and will feel welcome to talk about any issues or concerns in their life with a licensed social worker.

December 10 – Robyn Ravitz, CPHT at Metier Pharmacy, teaches us about common insurance issues, financial assistance, co-pay cards for medications and how this community pharmacy can help!

December 3 – Loren Gallegly, LMSW Transplant Social Worker. While discussion may focus on kidney health and transplant, anyone is invited to attend and will feel welcome to talk about any issues or concerns in their life with a licensed social worker.

October 29 – Carolyn Richel, Community Liaison with Hospice of the Valley, will teach us the importance of Advanced Directives and how to set them up today.  Link to an easy-to-follow form

October 22 – Jennifer D’Oliveira, Clinical Aromatherapist of Desert Bloom Aromatherapy. Learn about how essential oils can be a part of therapies, including more restful sleep, alleviating stress and calming nerves. Please RSVP if you’d like a sample before the meeting.

October 15 – Joan Marlow shares with us her healing power and her company Peaceful Easy Healing. She is all about teaching breathing techniques to alleviate stress. https://peacefullyhealing.com       Click here for recording

October 8 – Andrea Brundage, owner of Simple Organized Solutions, talks about how to regain control of your life by controlling your environment and clutter! https://professionalorganizeraz.com

October 1 – Loren Gallegly, LMSW Transplant Social Worker. While discussion may focus on kidney health and transplant, anyone is invited to attend and will feel welcome to talk about any issues or concerns in their life.

September 24 – Radha Gopalan, MD, cardiologist with the heart transplant program at Banner UMC, presents his experience of complementary eastern and western medicine, as well as the changes to the Banner Heart Transplant Program.

September 17 – Sandra Marinella, author of The Story You Need To Tell. Writing is a good way to help control your emotions, but not everyone is a writer. A gifted and brilliant storyteller, Sandra will show you easy ways to start your new chapter with writing!

August 20 – Gina Bartes, National Director of Engagement of the American Liver Foundation, joins us to talk about how ALF supports liver transplant recipients and people with liver disease. Learn about the big changes happening in the organization since COVD19, their advocacy efforts, and how Gina is helping refocus the mission to bring quality information to patients here in Arizona.

September 10 – Loren Gallegly, LMSW Transplant Social Worker. While discussion may focus on kidney health and transplant, anyone is invited to attend and will feel welcome to talk about any issues or concerns in their life.

August 26 – Group Discussion about returning to work or school. How are you staying safe?

August 13 – Allison Broaddrick, MT-BC, Founder of Three Rivers Music Therapy and Incadence, will teach us about her music therapy via internet-based video calls. Given the universal nature of music, music therapy is uniquely able to reach individuals across all backgrounds and ages and does not require any previous knowledge of music for individuals to be successful. Music therapy helps treat individuals with disabilities, injuries, illnesses or to improve their well being.

August 6 – David Phelan, MC, LPC, founder of Transcend Personal Development, will talk about what anxiety is, how to differentiate adaptive from maladaptive anxiety, and help you recognize it is possible to eliminate maladaptive anxiety. His successful RIP model can be used to reduce anxiety in the pandemic as well as anxiety specific to transplants.

July 30 – Dr Hugo Vargas, Transplant Hepatologists from Mayo Clinic, will be answering your questions about getting tested, catching coronavirus from a donor, and how the transplant program at Mayo changed since March.

July 22 – Topic for Group Discussion: Caregiver Support. We know caregivers are resilient! In what ways can caregivers build their resiliency and frustration tolerance? How do daily or weekly activities build strength overtime? What are caregivers to do when it becomes overwhelming?

July 16 – Zach Brooks, Board Trustee of World Transplant Federation, and Ben Wilson, manager of Transplant Team Arizona, will give updates on the Transplant Games, talk about their experiences at the Games and inspire others to attend the Games. If you have attended a Games in the past, please prepare an inspiring story or cool moment from a prior Games to share with everyone.

July 9 – PJ Geraghty, VP of Clinical Services of Donor Network of Arizona, will talk about donation and transplant statistics in Arizona.

July 2, 2020 – “COVID19 and transplant.” Guest speaker Dr. Anil Seetharam from Banner University Medicine Transplant Services. Learn more about how to control your environment, health tips, and other insightful information on how to keep yourself and loved ones safe during the coronavirus outbreak with Dr. Anil Seetharam from Banner University Medicine Transplant Services.

June 24, 2020 -Topic for Group Discussion: Ways to Bring Joy. While we could dwell on the negative aspects of self-isolation, last week we learned how to shift our mindset. Commit to doing at least one thing everyday that brings joy to you. In order for this to actually work, create a simple list to reference as a reminder. Share items, tricks, actions that bring joy to you.

June 18, 2020 “How to manage your mind and emotions during challenging times”. Therese Skelly is a transformational business and life coach. As a former psychotherapist and marketing strategist, she uses her understanding of human psychology to help people make positive changes in their lives. She welcomes your questions about situations you are going through. https://thereseskelly.com

May 21, 2020 “Explaining good nutrition and food habits for transplant recipients” Guest Speakers: Zelle Morefield, MS, RDN, CNSC and Megan Flores, MS, RD, CSOWM, registered Dietitians from Banner Transplant. Our friends Zelle and Megan are an integral part of the transplant team at Banner Transplant Institute and are familiar with the specific needs of transplant patient’s diets.  They will give us tips on how to make healthy meals in quarantine and answer any questions you have concerning food and nutrition and your transplant.