The summer before Jen died we
vacationed on Topsail Island with her family. Jen relied on a walker or a cane
for the prior 3 months, as her legs were getting weaker. Jennifer loved being
in the ocean and she was sad at the thought of not being strong enough to swim
on her own. For the first few days of our trip Jen would sit by the edge of the
ocean and the waves would roll in over her feet. Near the middle of the week Jen
decided she would go in the ocean if her sister Laura and I held her hands.
I’ll never forget the sound of Jen’s voice when she said, “Let go.”
I hid my tears of joy behind my camera and watched Jen floating in the ocean, overcoming her fears and not letting cancer keep her from living life.