Living Well Before & After Transplant

image of the words: Living Well Before & After Transplant, Education for Life.

These programs are designed to offer useful information and practical tips for all heart, lung and abdominal (liver, kidney and pancreas) transplant recipients and their family members.

By attending, patients currently on the waiting list for an organ, along with their families and friends who attend, will be able to meet and network with others who understand the transplant journey.  Everyone is welcome!

Program Locations and Details


Community Conference Center - Room 3

8700 Watertown Plank Rd
Wauwatosa, WI
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Finding Kindness in the Everyday and Using It to Fuel Happiness
Speaker: Jenessa S. Price, PhD Assistant Professor
Transplant Psychologist Medical College of Wisconsin

Dolly Parton sang about kindness and now discover the ‘wisdom’ behind her infamous words.

Kindness can be one of the best medicines, whether you are waiting for a transplant or if you’ve had a transplant. So bring along a family member or friend to this session, because the world will be a better place when you put a little love in your heart!

Take a good look around and if you're lookin' down
Put a little love in your heart
I hope when you decide kindness will be your guide
Put a little love in your heart
And the world will be a better place

Lyrics from "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"

Thursday, March 22, 2018
It's Never Too Late
Speaker: Judy Mayer

We may have already forgotten January's New Year’s resolutions to eat healthy, lose weight and exercise more – the bad habits are creeping back.

March is also National Nutrition Month and it’s time to take another look at what it means to eat healthy. A well-balanced diet along with healthy habits are the foundation of good health. It’s not so hard – you can reduce the risk of heart disease, control high blood pressure and weight, and be a much happier person. Old habits are hard to break, let’s give it a try, one day at a time. Come explore new recipes and flavors to taste. Let's get started, it's never too late. To healthier habits in 2018!

It is a free program, but registration is requested.

Register Here

Because this will be a food demonstration, it will not be available for online viewing, as of this moment.

April 26, 2018
Will Transplant Care Be Different in the Future?
Ehab R. Saad, MD, FACP, FASN, Associate Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin, Division of Transplant Surgery

A lot has changed in the 50+ years since the first transplants were done here in Wisconsin.  So, what will it be like for patients and their families 5, 10 or more years from now?  Don’t miss this future-focused look at transplant from one of our LIVING WELL’s most popular volunteer presenters!

This program is part of the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin’s DONATE LIFE Month activities.

May 24, 2018
Festivals, Farmer’s Markets and FOOD
Jill Herz, MS, RD FoodWIse Program Administrator   Waukesha County UW-Extension

We’ve waited for this all winter…and now it’s finally time for  festivals, farmer’s markets and food, glorious food!  Hear from one of the NKFW’s Healthy Shelves partners as she offers her perspective and healthy eating tips.  You will also learn how the FoodWIse program provides nutrition, food budgeting, and food safety education programs for  families, children and seniors throughout Wisconsin.

What topics would you like to learn more about at a future program?
Let us know by phone (414-897-8669) or email.


Monday, September 18
Financial Considerations for Transplant Patients
A discussion of important topics related to health insurance coverage and the financial review process along with ideas and resources to help transplant patients address common financial situations and concerns.

Presenters:  Brian Koderl and Veronica Drinka
UW Health Transplant Financial Counselors
UW Health Transplant Social Work Team

Sorry you missed this program. 
View the PowerPoint Presentation (pdf)

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Previous Programs

2018 Presentations

January 25 - 10 Questions Every Transplant Recipient Should Ask the Transplant Dietitian

Speaker: Pam Klossowski, RD, Transplant Dietitian

Watch the PresentationPowerPoint Presentation(PDF)

2017 Presentations

November 16 - Outsmarting the Scam Artist: The Psychology of Fraud

Jeannie Tucker, Senior Program Specialist, AARP Wisconsin

October 31 - Sharing Your Story to Help Children

Brenda Cortez, Living Donor

Watch the PresentationPowerPoint Presentation(PDF)

September 28 - Sharing Your Story with Your Faith‐Based Community - National Donor Sabbath

MaryKay Diderrich, RN, BSN, MBA, Living Donor and

Pam Kassner, Super Pear Strategies, LLC

Watch the presentationPowerPoint Presentation(PDF)

September 18 - Financial Considerations for Transplant Patients

Brian Koderl and Veronica Drinka

UW Health Transplant Financial Counselors

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

January 26 - 10 Questions I Wish Patients Would Ask After Their Transplant

Ehab R. Saad, MD, FACP, FASN

Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin September 28 - Sharing Your Story with Your Faith‐Based Community - National Donor Sabbath

March 23 - Staying Strong: Exercise for Bone and Joint Health After Transplant

Allison Sigrist, DPT, Physical Therapist

Froedtert Rehabilitation Services, Fitness Center

Watch the PresentationPowerPoint Presentation(PDF)

April 26 - Memorial Day Food Memories

Judy Mayer

Recipes (PDF)

May 25 - Summertime Appetite - Festivals, Farmer's Market and Your Waistline

Tatiana Castellino, MS, RD, CD

ProHealth Care Dietitian

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

2016 Presentations

June 16 - Foot Care and Your Transplant
PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

October 27 - Medication: Branded vs. Generic
Watch the Webinar PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

2015 Presentations

February 26 - Sleep
Rose Franco, MD
PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)
Additional Handouts:
Sleep Apnea
Restless Leg Syndrome

March 10 - Travel After Transplant
Elaine Rosenblatt, NP
UW Health Travel Medicine Clinic
PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

May 28 - Mediterranean Diet: What’s So Good About It?
Recipes (PDF)

August 4 - Diabetes After Transplant
PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)