Your transplant journey isn’t over once you’ve had a transplant. Transplantation is a lifelong commitment and a lifestyle change. But with the right support, you’ll be able to make the transition smoothly. Read on to find information on living a healthy lifestyle post transplant, preventing rejection, managing your transplant finances, and going back to work.

Living Healthy

After a transplant, maintaining your lifestyle doesn’t mean completely changing the way you live. It simply means making some adjustments to be sure you’re ready and able to accomplish what you’ve set out to do. Here are some tips to help you get started:

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Be aware of your feelings and surroundings

Being aware of how you’re feeling is very important in your transplant journey and can help identify problems as they come up. You might find it helpful to use a diary like My Health Resource whenever you have a question about your medications, treatment, or progress.

Also, because your anti-rejection medication lowers your immune system, it's important to be aware of your surroundings. Carry a medical identification card or wear an ID bracelet that indicates you've had a transplant, avoid people who are sick, and if you're traveling, consult your doctor to see if there are any preventive measures you should take before leaving.

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Get support

Getting support from your friends and family can make a big difference — both mentally and physically. Talk to them about the ways that they can help you stay healthy, from reminding you to take medications when needed to enjoying being together. You can also consider finding a support group in your area.

Maintain a healthy weight

Portion sizes along with eating healthy can have a big impact on your weight. Your doctor may talk to you about a healthy body mass index, which measures body fat based on your weight and height. To achieve your ideal weight, talk to your doctor about diet and exercise.

Keep active

Follow the activity program suggested by your transplant team to help keep the rest of your body — and your mind — healthy. Regular exercise offers several benefits:

  • Helps you relax and feel less nervous and stressed
  • Improves your mood
  • Makes you feel more in control of your body and your health
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight

Take your medications correctly

Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, be sure you continue to take all of your medications as prescribed. Anti-rejection medications (immunosuppressants) work only if you take them every day, as prescribed. Even if you're feeling great, you still need to take your medications. And no matter how long it's been after your transplant, rejection is always a concern.

Be sure to stay in contact with your transplant team, and always discuss your options. There may be an opportunity to reduce the dose of medications you require.
But because your immune system is weakened by your anti-rejection medication, you might also be prescribed other medications to fight off infection or other health problems that may arise.

Remember, only your doctor can determine what is right for you. Never stop taking your medications or adjust your medication schedule without consulting your doctor. And if you need help managing your medication schedule, download the MyMedSchedule® Plus mobile app. It's free, and you can use it to set medication reminders.

Stay on top of your appointments

After a transplant, it's important to keep all your doctor appointments and get regular blood tests to check for organ rejection.

Get your needed vaccinations

Infections are common post transplant, and serious infections can lead to serious problems. It's important that you continue to get vaccinated post transplant as directed by your transplant team. The flu vaccine is a commonly recommended vaccine. Ask your healthcare provider what other vaccines may be right for you.

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