Jenna Henderson was just 30-years-old when she died of cancer on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Having been diagnosed with ovarian cancer back in her teens, Henderson went through treatment and appeared to be in full remission. During her treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Jenna started dreaming of becoming a nurse and helping cancer patients fight their battles against the awful disease. And she did it.
According to the website of her posthumous book “Worth the Suffering,” Jenna worked for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a pediatric nurse in the CBDI Clinic, “providing care for children battling cancer.” Now, a year and a half after her death, Jenna’s husband Scott has compiled and released a number of journal entries from that testing and tumultuous period of her life.
“People have said, this is incredible, this is inspiring. Even though you’re sharing the worst news ever, I walk away encouraged.” says Scott, as reported by Local 12.com. “I found that it was comforting to still love and serve Jenna, even after she had passed away. Her story didn’t have to end.”
The book contains Jenna’s inmost thoughts, fears, and conversations with God as she faced death at such a young age. Jenna and Scott met on a Young Life Christian youth camp. As they grew into leadership, they both became passionate advocates for the spreading of the gospel among young people.
“Because her most momentous decision was to follow Jesus, Jenna committed her life to sharing the gospel in the same venue where she first heard it, by volunteering as a Young Life leader,” the website continues. “For over 13 years, Jenna walked in the lives of high school students as she proclaimed the grace of Jesus, to which she dearly clung.”
“Jenna was gifted at seeing the beauty in everyone she met. She viewed it a privilege to pray for and share her faith with family, high school students, co-leaders, oncology patients, coworkers, and friends. Innumerable people consider themselves indebted to Jenna for faithfully demonstrating the gospel and know Jesus intimately by her words and example.”
You can buy the book here.