Benefits provided exclusively to our members include:
“AirWays” – AirWays is a publication devoted entirely to information regarding lung health and transplantation. It is printed four times per year and mailed directly to your address on file.
Past issues are also available on the web site. Click here.
AirWays includes articles from transplant doctors on various topics including medications and new advancements. Articles are also submitted by Second Wind members on subjects such as meeting your donor family, tips to stay healthy, and adventures and accomplishments since transplant.
Financial Aid – The Second Wind Financial Assistance Fund provides grants to members of Second Wind who are lung transplant patients at any accredited lung transplant center in the USA except Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals in St. Louis, MO. (Note: St. Louis Second Wind Chapter has a similar assistance program for patients at these centers). The program helps pay for medical and other transplant related expenses, including medications, travel, lodging and other expenses. An application is required and eligibility is based on income. For more information, click on “Financial Aid” at the bottom of this page.
Mailing List Archives – Online archive of all posting to the Email Support Group (explained below) which can be searched for specific information.
Peer/Mentor Support – Peer/Mentor Support is designed to overcome the sense of being alone. The knowledge that others who have survived the lung transplant experience are available to discuss and offer guidance and strategies is both helpful and reassuring. We recommend the Lung Transplant Foundation’s Mentor Program as an excellent source of peer support. You can learn more about it by going to lungtransplantfoundation.org.
Our Website – The Second Wind website is available to anyone needing support including those who are not Second Wind members. Although we certainly hope that everyone who becomes part of our community will officially “join” our group, the following two benefits are available without membership:
Email Support Group – Second Wind maintains an online support group consisting of over 200 subscribers who are waiting for a lung transplant, have had a lung transplant, or are the caregiver for a lung transplant candidate or recipient. Questions, comments and experiences are posted in an email type format. You can ask any question that you might have and receive meaningful answers from someone who has been there. If you don’t want to post questions yourself, you can still read the posts from other members. Typically there are about 5 – 10 posting per day and you may receive them either individually or in digest format which sends all of the postings from the previous day in one large message. Please contact Tom Nate via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) in order to be added to the group.
Summary – If you have been affected by lung transplantation, you have come to the right place for support. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact any of our board members.