This is one of those tragic stories that doesn't actually seem to be possible, it's so rife with sad details. But at the center of all this tragedy is something that will give you hope that rises above the pain of it all: A mother's love.
The story begins with a teenager named Jenny, a kid with the whole world and her whole life ahead of her. Just when she was reaching her teenage prime and about to graduate high school, Jenny was hit with some devastating news. A terminal illness would almost certainly take her life without treatment — but what happened next would prevent that treatment from happening.
Jenny's story is a reminder of how precious life is, and how a mother's love is often strong enough to push back against any kind of tragedy that would otherwise seem insurmountable. Learn about Jenny, her family, and the difficult decision she faced below.
This is Jenny Lake, before her journey began, she was just a normal 17-year-old girl.
When this photo was taken, Jenny had no idea that she would be faced with the challenges ahead — or the incredibly tragic decision she would be forced to make.
The details of this story are almost hard to bear.
After all, nobody should have to go through something like this — especially someone who hasn’t yet reached the prime of their life.
It's hard to believe that mere months before her tragic story begins, she was taking selfies like any other high school girl.
At this point, Jenny had idea what was in store for her and her family.
It started when Jenny began to get incredibly severe headaches, seemingly out of the blue.
The headaches began to get so painful she had no choice but to go to a doctor.
Shortly after that, the doctor hit her with some shattering news: She had a large , inoperable brain tumor.
It was basically the worst diagnosis she could have received, but there was a single option for treatment.