In 2014, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In June of that year, I had surgery for the cancer followed by 6 months of chemo. I had a very rare reaction to the chemo and as a result lost most of the function of my kidneys. The oncologists at Mayo say I cannot have a kidney transplant until I have been cancer free for 5 years. That means I am not eligible for a transplant until January of 2020.