Son Dying From Cancer Says Four Words To His Caring Mother That Break her heart
Any child with advanced cancer has no idea whether they will live for days, months, or years, and oftentimes the parents of these children have no clear idea themselves. All that parents and doctors can do is attempt to control the cancer and manage its symptoms so a child can enjoy a high quality of life for every hour, day, or year that they have left. Experts recommend speaking openly and honestly about feelings and emotions, since many times there are special steps which can be taken to address specific issues and concerns.
In Nolan’s case, he experienced a blocked nose in September of 2015, and what was thought to be a simple cold all of the sudden became difficulty breathing that no medicine could cure. Merely two months later, the problem was identified as a tumor.
More specifically, Nolan was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, which is a rare type of cancer. What’s worse, there were no known effective treatments for it at the time.
Nolan’s mother Ruth sought to spread awareness of this widely unknown disease, so she has shared an image of Nolan sleeping in the bathroom because he was too scared to be alone and away from her.
Things became even worse as countless treatments weakened him even more, and it wasn’t long before the cancer had spread to his entire body. This reduced his chances of surviving to merely 20%, which was down from an already terrifying 40%. However, Ruth continued to take pictures to try to lift Nolan’s spirits and to document his story for the benefit of others.
It got to the point where Nolan could not stop throwing up, so he was unable to eat anything. It had been days since Nolan had last eaten when he traveled to the hospital for the last time.
Nolan’s mom documented his last days in a Facebook post:
Ruth “sat down with him and put [her] head up against his and had the following conversation:
Me: Poot, it hurts to breathe doesn’t it?
Nolan: Weeeelll . . . yeah.
Me: You’re in a lot of pain aren’t you baby?
Nolan: (looking down) Yeah.
Me: Poot, this Cancer stuff sucks. You don’t have to fight anymore.
Nolan: (Pure Happiness) I DONT??!! But I will for you Mommy!!”
Me: No Poot!! Is that what you have been doing?? Fighting for Mommy??
Nolan: Well DUH!!
Me: Nolan Ray, what is Mommy’s job?
Nolan: To keep me SAFE! (With a big grin)
Me: Honey . . . I can’t do that anymore here. The only way I can keep you safe is in Heaven. (My heart shattering)
Nolan: Sooooo I’ll just go to Heaven and play until you get there! You’ll come right?
Me: Absolutely!! You can’t get rid of Mommy that easy!!
Nolan: Thank you Mommy!!! I’ll go play with Hunter and Brylee and Henry!!”
Nolan was asleep for days, but when he finally awoke, he desired to stay in the hospital rather than going home in order to spare his parents the trouble of driving back and forth over the next days or weeks: “My 4 year old Hero was trying to make sure things were easy for me,” Ruth wrote on Facebook.
Ruth also wrote: “About 9:00pm we were watching YouTube in bed (Peppa Pig actually) and I asked Nolan if I could get in the shower, as I was not allowed to leave him and Mommy had to be touching him at all times. He said ‘Ummmm ok Mommy. Have Uncle Chris come sit with me and I’ll turn this way so I can see you.’ I stood at the bathroom door, turned to him and said ‘Keep looking right here Poot, I’ll be out in two seconds.’
I ran and jumped into bed with him and put my hand on the right side of his face. Then a miracle that I will never forget happened. . . . y angel took a breath, opened his eyes, smiled at me and said ‘I love you mommy.’ He turned his head towards me and at 11:54 pm Sgt. Rollin Nolan Scully passed away as I was singing ‘You are My Sunshine’ in his ear.”
Nolan managed to wake up one more time after this. He instantly told his mom that he loved her.