A heartbroken mother has shared the incredible story of her son’s bravery in his last few days as he battled a deadly form of cancer.
At the tender age of just two years old, little Nolan Scully and his family received devastating news. Nolan was suffering from Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and vicious form of soft tissue cancer.
For almost two years, Nolan soldiered on through chemotherapy, endless hospital visits, prodding tests, and of course, the devastating effects of the cancer that he suffered from. He was often to sick to even eat or drink and suffered from horrible vomiting and diarrhea.
Finally, Nolan’s doctors delivered the heart-rending blow that his mother Ruth had been dreading — new tumors had grown around the little boy’s heart and there was now “no hope.”
As Ruth struggled to pull herself together, she knew that she would have to tell her son that his time on earth was coming to an end.
Little did Ruth know how strong her son really was.
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!!
After sharing these blessed words with his mother, Nolan spent much of his time resting and sleeping as his body started to shut down from the cancer. When he was awake, he watched YouTube videos, played with Nerf guns, and tried to smile with his family as much as he could.
Ruth says she finally left Nolan for a moment to take a shower, but when she got out she was devastated to see Nolan was deeply unconscious, struggling to breathe, and surrounded by hospital staff. His right lung had collapsed and he didn’t have much time.
The hospital staff told the distraught mother, “Ruth, he’s in a deep sleep. He can’t feel anything.”
But that’s when something extraordinary happened.
“He woke up out of a coma to say he loved me with a smile on his face! … My angel took a breath, opened his eyes, smiled at me and said “I Love You Mommy”, 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.”
Though she is devastated by Nolan’s passing, Ruth takes comfort in her son’s bravery.
“My son died a Hero. He brought Communities together, different occupations, made a difference in people’s lives all around the world. He was a warrior who died with dignity and love to the last second.”
There is beauty even in the darkest of places and sometimes it takes the littlest people to show us “wise” adults that truth. Nolan’s life was a blessing and his final message to his mother was a miracle. May we all be as brave as this little boy when he faced his final moments.