No parent ever wants to outlive their children, but as heartbreaking as it may seem, that was going to be the reality for Nolan Scully's parents.
Having to face death is scary to most people regardless of age. However, there are some who show courage and strength that is beyond admirable. 4-year-old Nolan was one such boy. Many may think a kid that young may lack the maturity and understanding to fully comprehend death. But when this young boy saw his mother heartbroken at his condition, he showed an emotional maturity that was bittersweet.
Nolan Scully was diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue cancer in 2015 after he was taken to the hospital due to breathing trouble. His parents, Jonathan and Ruth Scully were heartbroken but they believed he would fight the illness. They stood by him and even started a Facebook page dedicated to his cancer journey.
No parent ever wants to outlive their children, but as heartbreaking as it may seem, that was going to be the reality for Nolan's parents. They had received news that changed everything for the family.
On 1 February 2017, his parents came to know that their kid would not be around for long. "She explained at this time she didn't feel his cancer was treatable as it had become resistant to all treatment options we had tried and the plan would be to keep him comfortable as he was deteriorating rapidly," said Ruth, recalling the words of their oncologist. There was nothing more painful for the mother than to hear that her little boy was not going to live for long.
Ruth gathered all the courage and went up to her little boy who was watching videos on Youtube. The loving mother sat down by her son's side in an attempt to break the news to him. She asked her son if he was in pain and if it hurts when he breathes. The innocent boy, who was unaware of his medical complication told his mother that it still hurts. She further went on to tell him that he didn't have to fight the deadly disease and that she could not keep him safe anymore. "Honey ... I can't do that anymore here. The only way I can keep you safe is in Heaven," said the mother of three. To her surprise, Nolan was not afraid or worried. The courageous boy said, "Sooooo I'll just go to Heaven and play until you get there! You'll come right?"
In the next 36 hours, Ruth spent time with Nolan doing all the things he liked. Little Nolan even decided on his funeral arrangements. "We laid in bed together and he sketched out how he wanted his funeral, picked his pallbearers, what he wanted people to wear, wrote down what he was leaving each of us, and even wrote down what he wanted to be remembered as... which of course was a Policeman," recalled his mother.
Later in the evening of 5 February, 2017, Nolan closed his eyes forever when his mother had popped in for a quick shower. "He smiled at me. I shut the bathroom door. They said the moment the bathroom door clicked he shut his eyes and went into a deep sleep, beginning the end of life passing," said Ruth. When she came out of the shower, Ruth was shocked to hear that her little boy had gone into a coma. She quickly jumped into the bed and put her hand on his face. To her surprise, Nolan opened his eyes. "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," recalled his mother.
After two years of fighting the illness, he lost his battle to cancer. Even, when he was in pain little Nolan was not scared of the death ahead of him. He remained optimistic and brave until the very end. After two months of his death, his heartbroken mother shared his last days through a Facebook post, an emotional account that broke the hearts of many.