Living Well Before & After Transplant

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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

Tuesday, October 31
Sharing Your Story to Help Children
There are few books written for children to help them understand chronic disease or transplantation. Hear how Brenda Cortez took her personal journey and turned it into an inspirational children's book.

The program will be available live online. However you will need an access link to view the program. Call 414-897-8669 or email for link information.

It is a free program, but registration is requested.

Thursday, November 16
Outsmarting the Scam Artist: The Psychology of Fraud
Every year, Americans lose billions of their hard-earned dollars to con artists. That’s why AARP launched the Fraud Watch Network, to arm Americans with the tools they need to spot and avoid fraud and scams. This presentation will educate participants on fraud trends and behavior; the con artist’s playbook; prevention strategies; and resources for those needing help. How can Wisconsinites outsmart scammers before they strike? This presentation will demonstrate how to beat con artists at their own game.

Jeannie Tucker is the Senior Program Specialist for AARP Wisconsin. Her work is largely focused on fraud prevention education and outreach across Wisconsin, though she is also involved in several other association projects including the monthly AARP Live TV Program.  Prior to joining the AARP Wisconsin State Office in September of 2016, Jeannie spent seven years as the Director of Operations for AARP Vermont. Before joining the AARP team in 2009; Jeannie worked in the health care industry in both clinical and administrative fields.  A native Vermonter, she now lives in Madison, WI with her husband.

The program will be available live online. However you will need an access link to view the program. Call 414-897-8669 or email for link information.

It is a free program, but registration is requested.

SAVE THE FOLLOWING DATES for upcoming programs!  What topics would you like to learn more about at a future program?  Let us know by phone (414-897-8669) or email.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018


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

2017 Presentations

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

Watch the presentation

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)


Hello Cindy and Judy,
I wanted to share with you that I made good use of the recipes from the 'Oldies Make the Best "Goodies"  LIVING WELL meeting.  To start with I have to admit I'm not the biggest cook in the world, but when I do I try to keep it healthy - especially post transplant. Anyway I made the Thanksgiving Brown Rice Salad for several things over the Holidays, including Christmas dinner, and it was a huge hit. I had multiple requests for the recipe.  It was so easy and so pretty - I took the suggestion to substitute Quinoa and added  kale to make it extra festive.

Thanks Very Much, Jack Eigel