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Supporting Organ Transplant Recipients

TRIO-Oklahoma Peer-to-Peer


Transplant recipients, and those waiting on a transplant can have a variety of needs. They may experience a single acute event, or have ongoing health struggles. Often, it is a combination of both. When a person comes to the Trio-Oklahoma website or attends a group meeting, they’ll find that our focus is always on supporting organ transplant recipients in every way possible. That includes psychosocial, emotional, mental, and physical well being.

Some of those needs may be met through simply being in the protective and nurturing presence of someone who has been there. Patient to patient, and peer to peer, we offer discussion around the topics that concern us the most. It’s a learning, caring, and growing environment.

We try to foster resilience in our peer groups, and encourage healthy persistence in complying with our medical teams advice. Part of building resilience is helping each other with practical discussions around what is really important.

Supporting Organ Transplant Recipients

Building trust – TRIO-Oklahoma has had consistent, reliable, scheduled meetings for 2 years.

Compliance with team – Conversations are great, but always keep in mind to “take it to your team”.

Developing good habits – Sometimes simply offering simple advice about making lists, pill reminders, or sleep hygiene, to name a few, can be helpful.

Eating well – We prioritize supporting our body with good nutrition, sharing recipes and talking to a dietician at times.

Practical advice on family and caregiver issues – We offer a comfortable and confidential environment to discuss getting the support that is needed.

Words – Everything from simple reminders to encouraging words are available at every meeting.

Social support – Those who are awaiting transplant or post op, can feel isolated and different from the general population. Our unique perspective on life allows us to develop like-minded friendships.


Karen Hoyt

Vice President TRIO-Oklahoma

Author of The Liver Loving Diet


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