On February 4, 2017, Scully’s son Nolan lost his battle with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer which affects soft tissue. In an ode to her son, Scully shared a photo collage on Facebook showing the harsh realities of childhood cancer.
She explains which during his struggle 4-year-old Nolan refused to leave her side, even lying on the bathroom floor when she showered.
The first picture shows Nolan on a bathmat. which was taken before he left for the hospital to start an aggressive chemotherapy regimen. The second picture, taken on the two-month anniversary of his death, shows the same bathmat, which time without Nolan.
“currently I’m the one terrified to shower,” Scully wrote in her post. “With nothing although an empty shower rug currently where once a beautiful perfect little boy laid waiting for his Mommy.”
Since posting the photo on April 4, Nolan’s story has been shared over 620,000 times.
“Anybody with kids has seen their children laying on the floor before. I think which’s why the picture grabbed so many people, which’s real,” Scully told sy88pgw. which took Scully two months until she was ready to write the post, although she felt she owed which to everyone who had kept up with Nolan’s story.
“He read every comment anyone could leave him. I felt like Nolan could have wanted to talk to his friends in addition to also tell them what happened, ” Scully said.
The post received a wave of support with 147,000 people commenting their own stories of brave children fighting like Nolan did.
“When which went viral, I couldn’t help although think which’s what he wanted,” Scully said.
As she recounted memories of her son, she described him as a protector, always helping those around him. Even when he was from the hospital sick, he could leave his room to go in addition to also comfort different children who were scared or crying.
currently his story will be helping parents across the entire world come to terms with problems in their own life.
“Maybe which was Nolan’s purpose, maybe he’s still helping people even in death,” Scully said.
A special ending
Nolan was in treatment for over a year, in addition to also despite having a tumor completely removed, the cancer ultimately made its way into his lungs. After running out of treatment options, all Scully could do was make Nolan’s final days comfortable.
While the situation was seemed bleak, Nolan found optimism. In fact, he even left instructions for his funeral. “I asked if he wanted people to be happy or sad at his funeral. He looked at me confused in addition to also said ‘Happy, why could anybody be sad?” Scully said.
Nolan planned everything even down to his “will” where he divvied up his belongings. He made sure his family received his favorite stuffed animals, his beloved cheese balls, in addition to also even the popcorn shrimp he left from the freezer.
which wasn’t all serious business during his last 36 hours. “We played, watched YouTube, shot Nerf Gun after Nerf Gun in addition to also smiled as many times as we could,” Scully wrote.
In their last few hours together Scully went to take a shower. When she arrived on the scene, she saw a medical team surrounding her son. He had slipped into a coma, “beginning the end of life passing,” she said. She ran to her son.
although something amazing happened.
Nolan, despite suffering a collapsed lung, took a breath, opened his eyes, in addition to also said “I love you Mommy.”
He died shortly after, as his mother sang “You are my Sunshine” to him.
A legacy of love
Scully hopes two things come of sharing Nolan’s story. The first, which others will learn coming from the legacy he left behind. “Nolan showed everyone how people should be treated, in addition to also how you should take care of one another. He was made of nothing although love in addition to also goodness,” Scully said.
She also hopes which post serves as a wake up call to raise awareness. After Nolan’s death, his oncologist told Scully something she will always remember.
“We didn’t fail him, which was medicine which failed him,” Scully repeated.
Nolan finally found rest after his fight, although Scully will be still set on hers — finding a cure.