After Bolen told her mother her decision, the two cried together.
"We cried and we cried and we cried," Bolen said. "But after a couple days, I was running around so happy. I was like, 'I'm going to be able to walk, I'm going to be with God, I'm going to be free.'"
"(It's) very tough, because we've talked about it before," said Jerika's mother, Jen. "I kind of put it off and tried everything else in the meantime. (But) I said, 'Jerika, I love you that much that I will not let you suffer. Mom will find a way to be OK.'"
Bolen will stop using her ventilator next month, but she wasn't focusing on that at her prom.
"She's feeling very loved, and it's amazing," her childhood friend, Mackenzie Falck, said.
Bolen's Wisconsin community came together to make the prom possible. According WGBA, people donated food, and local police and firefighters gave Bolen's limo an escort to her party.
"I thought it was going to be low-key, but this is really awesome," Bolen said at the prom.
"I know I can't always be happy every day," she told the Post-Crescent. "I still wonder why God picked me to have this disease, and I know I can never know the reason. Maybe because I'm strong, I guess."
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