Little Nolan was only 2 years old when his parents found out the shocking news that crushed their whole life. The boy had cancer. Just when his life was about to really start, instead of going out to play with his friends and walk with his parents and bring them joy, the boy spend his life at the hospital, getting chemo and throwing up all night. Every day, looking at their helpless son, the parents lost bits of their soul, and there was nothing they can do but to comfort him.
The family had a tough fight ahead of them, along with their boy. They knew it wasn’t going to be easy at all, but the last thing on their mind was giving up.
After a year battling with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer, Nolan’s condition started to decline. They were aware that things are not going to get better, and Nolan was getting weaker by the day. He was fragile young boy, ravaged by disease. At one point he stopped drinking and eating and the cancer spread…
How could a mother let her son know that his life was about to end when it didn’t even start? The four year old boy just couldn’t understand why he had this incurable disease.
She never even imagined that her son would leave this earth… he was just too young.
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’s heroic journey was documented by his mom Ruth and his dad Jonathan on a Facebook Page created to keep everyone informed of his progress. Two months after Nolan passed away, his mother paid him an honor and shared her deepest feelings.
Two months. Two months since I’ve held you in my arms, heard how much you loved me, kissed those sweetie ‘pie’ lips. Two months since we’ve snuggled. Two months of pure absolute hell.”
Nolan was born fighter, but this was just unbeatable. He accepted that his life will be short on Earth, and went to Heaven as a true hero.
“We laid in bed together and he sketched out how he wanted his funeral, picked his pall bearers, 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.”
Ruth remembers the final moments with her son. The brave boy blessed his mother the way she will never forget.
She never left his side, but that day, she went to the bathroom and Nolan’s uncle was by his side. The boy was still looking towards the bathroom door and wanted to keep an eye on mom.
Once she shut the door, Nolan shut his eyes. He went into a deep sleep as his right lung collapsed and oxygen level dropped. Team of doctors were inspecting the young hero at all times.
“Ruth, he’s in a deep sleep. He can’t feel anything.”
Ruth rushed with her soul broken to comfort her boy as he sat there almost lifeless. But before he passed away, he gave her the most beautiful gift a mother can receive from her son.
“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 p.m. Sgt. Rollin Nolan Scully passed away as I was singing ‘You Are My Sunshine’ in his ear. He woke up out of a coma to say he loved me with a smile on his face! My son died a hero … He was a warrior who died with dignity and love to the last second.”
Nolan will be always in our hearts as the bravest young boy who passed away like a true hero. He was a real fighter who had a short life. But he also accomplished a lot, a true hero.
“Now I’m the one terrified to shower. With nothing but an empty shower rug now where once a beautiful perfect little boy laid waiting for his Mommy.”
Rest in peace little man, you will never be forgotten, we will make sure of it.
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