On January 8, 2011, the world lost a beautiful daughter, wife, sister, and friend. Jenna died peacefully in the loving arms of her husband, Benjamin Woods. She battled an eating disorder for most of her adult life. Throughout her struggles, she never gave up, and she planned to focus her career on helping others facing similar challenges.
She graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park, Summa Cum Laude, where she majored in Psychology. She continued her post-graduate studies at UMD with an emphasis on eating disorders affecting young women. She was set to complete a Master of Public Health in the spring of 2011.
In one of her undergraduate papers, Jenna wrote, “I see that the times I am truly happy are the times that I am able to let go of my ego and concentrate my efforts on doing something that benefits other people.” In the last year of her young life, she talked openly about her disorder. She believed the only way to help others was to get past her ego and talk about her struggles.
Jenna was a compassionate, kind and caring woman who would have made the world a better place. We miss her terribly every day and hope that, in some way, her story can help others.
Click here to read the article about Jenna in the Baltimore Sun.
Telling Jenna’s story is a way of affirming her life and is her gift to others.