Jena Hillmer

First post: May 2, 2017 Latest post: Jan 23, 2018
Thank you for visiting. I figured this was an easier way to update everyone. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my right breast on February 28, 2017. Initially, the cancer seemed to be very small (measuring about 4-6 millimeters) and didn't seem to have spread. I visited with doctors in Manitowoc and decided get a second opinion at Aurora Baycare in Green Bay. Initially, it was decided that a Lumpectomy would be sufficient along with removal of lymph nodes to check for spreading. Along with the lumpectomy, they would do something called intraoperative radiation therapy (a new procedure where they remove the cancer and radiate the open area effected.  They close up the site, and the procedure takes 30 minutes. They then open up the site, remove the instrument that is used to radiate the site, and that is all the radiation they usually need to do.) Drs seemed very positive when they took out the lump and said everything looked good. The lump was more marble sized than pea sized (which is what they initially thought). Unfortunately, we found out that the cancer had spread to two lymph nodes: one near the lump and one farther away closer to my arm pit. So instead of Stage 1, I am at Stage 2. So, the next plan of action is more radiation (typical radiation) and then chemotherapy. Thank you for your prayers and love as I fight and win this battle!!! God has a plan...he always has...he always will! 

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