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Mar 10, 2018 Latest post:
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I survived Bladder cancer in 2009. I began to see a nephrologist due to decreased kidney function after my surgery. In late January 2017, I contracted a gastrointestinal bug that dehydrated me. I was hospitalized for a week with kidney issues. My function had decreased to 5 %. With treatment and lots of fluid, my kidney function improved while in the hospital and after discharge, but I never recovered to my baseline functioning prior to surgery. In May 2017, my nephrologist told me it was time to explore treatment options. I went to a class and decided that live donor transplant was the best option for me. Since my bladder cancer was treated at Mayo Clinic, I returned to Mayo for kidney transplant evaluation. I was approved at the end of July. My husband offered to be my donor. When he was evaluated at Mayo in October, he was not a match, so we entered the paired exchange program. After a few false starts, I now have a donor match. I will undergo live donor transplant surgery on 3/16. My husband will donate his kidney in another chain on 4/3. Please pray for us, my donor, our chains, our caregivers and our doctors.