Jennah Blair

Jennah Blair is a talented ballet dancer. She had brain surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor in April.

In a few days, 18-year-old Jennah Blair will dance in “The Nutcracker.” The crazy thing is it’s not her first time on stage since surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor April 12.

Many prayed as word of Blair’s surgery and diagnosis spread among family and friends at Southeast Christian Church.

Post-surgery, Blair had some left-sided weakness, short-term memory loss, nausea, fatigue and headaches. Even then, three and a half weeks after surgery, she danced as Wendy in “Peter Pan” at the Louisville Academy of Fine Arts.

She’ll tell you it wasn’t perfect.

“I was too weak to dance en pointe and had to wear ballet slippers,” Blair said. “We were performing in masks, so my best friend could talk to me on stage and remind me of choreography I’d forgotten.”

Those watching had a different take. Few dry eyes in the audience tell the story of an unforgettable performance.

Blair’s parents, Jill and Jimmy Blair, say God held them one day at a time.

For four months following surgery, Blair went through four rounds of chemotherapy at Norton Children’s Hospital, followed by 24 days of radiation at Norton Cancer Institute Radiation Center. Before her hair fell out as expected on day 18 in the chemo cycle, Blair donated her long brown hair to a nonprofit making wigs for cancer patients.

On Sept. 10, nurses and family lined the halls as Blair rang a bell to celebrate the end of treatment.

Follow-up scans are clear.

Many followed the Blairs through the journey.

“People said we are strong,” Jill Blair said. “It was flattering and made us feel good. But it’s not us. Trust me on that. Jesus is strong. He’s the one carrying us. Our faith in Him is strong—strong enough to move mountains.”

The Blairs are learning how to be thankful in all circumstances, good times and bad.

“We’ve learned that He heals the broken-hearted,” Jill Blair said. “The lower you are, the closer you are to God. And we’ve learned to be thankful in all things. When Jennah was sick, we were thankful doctors were able to treat her. We were thankful to get through every day of chemo and radiation. We counted down every treatment. God has been beside us through all this.”

The Blairs will be in Orlando for Thanksgiving, a gift from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Jennah says “yes” to every opportunity to share her story.

“I want to share my story to help other people,” she said. “I believe you can use every platform to talk about God.”