Sometimes, hope appears in the darkest of places, and for Ruth Scully, the inspiring moment is all thanks to her son, Nolan, who’s no longer with us.
“When it went viral, I couldn’t help but think that’s what he wanted,” said Ruth, commenting on the Facebook post from April 4, 2017 that’s now received over 1 million and thousands of comments.
It was simple enough: one photo on the left showing her son laying on the bathroom floor, waiting for his mom to finish showering. And another photo on the right, this time the empty bathroom indicating what happened.
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“Anybody with kids has seen their children laying on the floor before. I think that’s why the picture grabbed so many people, it’s real,” said Ruth.
On February 4, 2017, Nolan succumbed to his Rhabdomyosarcoma, a vicious and rare cancer that eventually spread into his lungs.
For months afterwards, Ruth struggled to cope and ultimately deciding that sharing her story about Nolan could help be an inspiration for other parents enduring the same ordeal.
“When it went viral, I couldn’t help but think that’s what [Nolan] wanted,” said Ruth.
During his short life, her son was known for being a “protector”, and even during his final months suffering from the effects of cancer, he would still make it a priority to help the other kids in the hospital.
For Ruth, “Maybe this was Nolan’s purpose, maybe he’s still helping people even in death.”
With only a short time left to live, Nolan took it upon himself to create his own will and divvy his cherished belongings among his loved ones.
And when it came to his own funeral, when Ruth asked if he wanted it to be a happy or sad occasion, Nolan responded, “Happy, why would anybody be sad?”
Indeed, in his last 36 hours, the mother and son duo made the best of it.
“We played, watched YouTube, short Nerf Gun after Nerf Gun and smiled as many times as we could,” said Ruth.
Although her son is no longer with us, his legacy of kindness and perseverance lives on.
“Nolan showed everyone how people should be treated, and how you should take care of one another. He was made of nothing but love and goodness.”