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CHAPTER 7









                        EMOTIONAL ASPECTS







                       SUPPORTS AVAILABLE AND DIFFICULTIES THAT CAN ARISE
































                     WHAT SUPPORT CAN I GET BEFORE TRANSPLANT SURGERY?

                s a living kidney donor, you volunteer to go     to support you through the process, in such a
               through surgery that carries certain risks        way that changing your mind would have
        Aand might not be of any direct benefit to               minimal impact on your relationships/family.
        you. This is why the living donor team go to such     ● You might be frustrated by the assessment
        lengths to ensure we are not putting you at any
                                                                 process,  perhaps because you find the wait
        unacceptable risk in agreeing to take a donated          difficult or you have other concerns.
        kidney from you. It also means that the assessment
        process is long and sometimes difficult. The          ● You feel worried about the surgery or about
                                                                 living life with one kidney after surgery.
        psychologist is available to support you when
        issues arise such as:                                    ●    Your offer of donating a kidney is
        ● You change your mind about being                           declined because the team are concerned
           a donor because you realise being           “The            about your medical suitability or the risks
           a living donor is not for you, or      assessment             to your health. This can be a very
           you are feeling too nervous                                   disappointing experience for potential
           about the surgery. The donor         process is long          donors, particularly if it happens after
           team recognises that this can be     and sometimes            you have gone through a number of
           a difficult experience for potential     difficult.”         assessments and your expectations have
           donors, and they will do their best                        built up.


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