Jana Hilsgen

My story begins with the chance discovery of a lung nodule during a heart scan.   I subsequently had a CT scan of my chest and it was confirmed that I have multiple small nodules and one larger nodule in my left lung.   I met with a Pulmonologist who suggested a needle biopsy of the large nodule. The result of the biopsy was Typical Carcinoid.   This is a form of lung cancer which is slow growing and made up of  neuroendocrine cells.   

Since my diagnosis I have had a CT of my head, which was clear (not empty). We are very grateful for that!  The plan is surgical removal of my left lower lung, or lobectomy.  If the lymph nodes are clear, then no chemo or radiation.  Staging will be done after the lung is removed. 

Troy, Cole, and Macy have been wonderfully supportive as well as all the rest of our extended family members and friends.   I am continuing to go to work and live as normal as possible until surgery.   Being in the medical field gives me an advantage to understand my diagnosis and treatment.  The difficult part is telling your kids and spouse and  worrying about how  they will cope.   I have great faith that God will take care of us and make us stronger as we take this journey.  

I know all the kind people out there will ask "what can I do to help"?  Pray for us.  That's the best thing you can do.  I would feel so grateful if you send Cole supportive texts, give Macy a hug, and ask Troy what he needs.   Just knowing they have extra love and support makes me feel more calm and prepared to fight because by supporting them, you support me.

Being a nurse, I realize I seriously do not enjoy being the patient! I know I have to give up control to those with the knowledge and skills to treat me and I am coming to terms with that.   "It is better to console than be consoled" could not ring more true for me.   It is difficult to be vulnerable and accept help when you are the one usually giving the help.   I am going to put control into God's hands and trust the medical team to cure me.  I pray that my plan is God's plan too.

Thank you in advance to everyone. 

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