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.
The only choice she had to survive was to get chemotherapy, and fast.
Luckily, Jenny had a huge support system around her for her treatment. It was difficult, but she remained strong throughout the process.
And then, as if life couldn’t get any more complicated, she was hit with more news.
After Jenny started to undergo the chemotherapy, she found out something that had an even greater impact than her cancer diagnosis: She was pregnant.
Unfortunately, pregnant women cannot have chemotherapy.
The harsh chemicals can cause birth defects and even death of the unborn child, meaning that Jenny had to decide whether she wanted to protect herself or her baby.
She decided to have the baby.
Despite her young age, Jenny made the decision to sacrifice herself for the baby.
She gave birth to her son Chad nine months later. He was happy and healthy.
She reportedly whispered to the midwife after giving birth, “I did it, I fulfilled my duty.” Because she had neglected treatment, Jenny was as frail as could be.
Becoming a mother was something that Jenny had always wanted.
So much so, she made the ultimate sacrifice. After giving birth, she returned home to spend the last moments of her life taking care of her baby Chad.
Her family supported her decision.
After all, only Jenny could make this decision: It was her life that was at stake.
12 days after Jenny brought her baby home, the day no one wanted to come, came.
Jenny passed away in her home from her illness.
Her family hopes that baby Cad will always understand the sacrifice his mom made for him.
What she did gave him a chance at life, making her story the truest, purest definition of motherly love.
Her story has been shared many times as well, with the hopes that it might inspire others.
Being a mom is all about sacrifice, but this young woman was brave enough to make the biggest sacrifice of all.