Gena waits to go into surgery. Gena says, "the hardest part about surgery isn’t the surgery itself, it's the raw fact that I have to start over ... that’s like a punch in the gut because you've built up all your strength, you’re happy and healthy and then you just know deep down that you’re going to have to start all over again and start from scratch again and build up your strength again and not feel good, that’s the hardest part.”
Gena and Sophie, her sister, laugh while their dad hides the evidence of BBQ they secretly ordered while Sue was at a Christmas party.
Gena takes a selfie with her dad at Thanksgiving 2013.
Gena fixes her hair.
Gena's mom, Sue, carries Gena back to her chair after having her picture taken in a patch of springtime flowers. "She's just so strong, physically and mentally, says Gena. "Numerous years of lifting me and carrying me and pushing a wheelchair through the snow, she’s just amazing. I don't think many people could do what she does.”
Sue admires the detailing of Gena's dress for Junior Prom.
Gena's mom cleans the mud off of Gena's wheels with a toothbrush to make sure it doesn't get on Gena's dress during pictures.
Gena looks on as classmates dance at Junior Prom.
On the way to get her nails done for Junior Prom, Gena leans in to talk with Sophie about the school day.