It’s inevitable that everyone will, at some point, encounter some form of loss in their life. And as heartbreaking as it is, this commonality is typically a unifying factor in our shared human experience.
Few of us, however, could have handled their lot as well as Ruth Scully and her four-year-old son Nolan, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer at age three. Just after little Nolan’s battle ended in February, his mother posted an impassioned Facebook message on the Nolan Strong fan page.
Since then, it’s garnered over 600,000 shares. When you read it—after you’ve wiped away some tears—you’ll truly understand the unbelievable strength of Nolan and his mother.
“I’ve wanted for a long time to write a little about Nolan’s last days. His last few days shined with how amazing my son is. How beautiful he is. How he was made of nothing but pure love. This may be long, but bear with me, it’s agony unlike any other.”
“On February 1st we were sat down with his ENTIRE team. When his oncologist spoke, I saw the pure pain in her eyes. She had always been honest with us and fought along side of us the whole time, but his updated CT scan showed large tumors that grew compressing his bronchial tubes and heart within four weeks of his open chest surgery.”
“The next day he was resting, as he slept most of the days after. We had hospice on board, all his IV medications, even his DNR signed. (I cannot explain to you what signing an emergency responder “Do Not Resuscitate” order for your angelic son feels like. ) When he woke up we had the van packed and I had his shoes in my hand to take him home for the evening.”
Ruth said, “I look at everything he accomplished in four short years and can only think of what he could’ve accomplished with a longer life. But sadly because of childhood cancer (Rhabdomyosarcoma to be specific), the world and our family will miss out on someone so full of love, who just wanted to protect and serve. We HAVE to do better with funding, research, treatment options.” For those interested, Nolan’s family is still accepting donations on their GoFundMe page.
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