“We’ve Found Something.” Those were the words spoken by the doctor at Children’s Hospital shortly after 15 year old, Jenna Spille, went in for an MRI. The months prior to the MRI had been very rough. Jenna started forgetting things and getting sick daily. She would panic very easily and her family thought they were dealing with some sort of anxiety or possibly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from an accident earlier that year. The MRI was just to rule out anything else. Her parents were told they would find out the results the following Tuesday and then proceed to treat the anxiety or PTSD, but that plan changed instantly. Instead, the doctor informed Jenna and her parents that a lesion was found on Jenna’s brain. At that point, they knew their lives were going to be anything but normal.
After hearing the news, the first words spoken by this courageous, young girl were, “It’s going to be ok…God’s Got This.” Soon, 24 hours had passed and they learned that Jenna had an inoperable brain tumor. It was malignant, very aggressive, and very hard to treat. Amazingly enough, through the chaos of everything; from the doctors and nurses, the pokes and blood tests, IV’s and tears, a strength emerged in this young, teenage girl. A strength that could only come from her deep faith in God.
As Jenna started chemotherapy treatments, she embraced each day with a smile on her face. She began to paint and her faith continued to grow, as did her compassion for people. Her love for God and her love for others was apparent to anyone who met her. Jenna continued to be a shining light even through many complications, pain, and tears. Letters, email, and Facebook messages started pouring in from people who had heard of her story and were inspired and encouraged to keep going themselves, no matter their circumstances. With the help of her homebound teacher, Jenna continued her classes at school with a 3.6 GPA.
On December 11, 2012, Jenna and her family were informed by her Oncologist that the tumor was dead. Radiation began, along with more complications and sickness, but Jenna persevered.
As she neared the end of her radiation treatments, she continued to love and encourage others through her kind words, paintings, and smile. Jenna feels God has called her to full-time Christian service. She believes she is supposed to continue to bring hope and to love others in the name of Jesus Christ.