My friend Jessica Jahnke is one of the baddest cancer heroes ever. Here's how a longtime friend describes her:
"I met Jessica in 1979, we worked together in a disco, 'cause we’re that old. Still being here to be ‘that old’ is a blessing. We are both cancer survivors.
"Jessica was one of the most interesting people I had met back in 1979. She was born in Silverlake, CA, and her mom moved her to Barcelona, Spain, when she was 6, going on 7. Jessica has lived in Spain, Egypt, England, New York State, California, Vermont and Washington. What an incredible resume… Jess is a fun and adventurous woman, with a great sense of humor and zest for life! Sometimes I feel like she doesn’t fully understand how remarkable her life is, she is an amazing woman. She feels things deeply, so when you are loved by her, you are loved. I am honored to call her family. I love her bunches!! Always and forever."
Pictured above at the Oregon Country Fair with her beloved Nissan truck and her Burro camper, Jessica has been telling Stage IV where to get off. Despite constant pain, she made the drive from Seattle to volunteer at the Fair, just as she has for the past 20 summers. Further complications prevented Jessica from driving coast to coast. But not before she sent us pictures of this field of flowers or these sociable geese. And just because she's stopped driving, doesn't mean she's stopped moving. Next on Jessica's list is a flight to Barcelona, her childhood home. From there, if she can, she'll join the amazing walking pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
Who's going with her?