Kidney Transplant Program Transition Of Care For Teens
What is transition?
Transition is a normal part of life. At some point we all transition into new jobs, schools, circle of friends and so on. Change is a natural and exciting part of becoming an adult.
In the medical world transitioning often refers to the point when a teenage patient begins assuming more responsibility for his or her own healthcare. Just like in real life this transition is an important sign of growing-up, especially for patients that have received transplants.
You and your parents may be nervous about you taking on your own healthcare. It's a natural reaction, but remember they and other important adults in your life will always be there to help you become an independent person.
Managing your health—including the health of your transplanted organ—is important for living a long and happy life. Learning this skill takes many years. Taking charge of your own health is a journey that your transplant team will encourage you to start at age 12. That way, by the time you're in your late teens or early 20s, you'll be ready to care for yourself. This includes choosing a transplant center that specializes in adults, and checking in with that team on a regular basis.