Some people can see their deaths coming. And while some are fearful and overwhelmed, others remain calm and collected, bravely embracing the gloomy fate before them. But what’s tougher to imagine is that a kid would be so accepting of an imminent fatal end at only 4 years of age.
Nolan focused on his faith, not that he was living out his last moments on earth. And he promised to wait for his mother in heaven.
Nolan Scully knew
that he was losing his battle with cancer, a rare form by the name
rhabdomyosarcoma, which affects the soft tissue.
He was only 3 years
old when he got the devastating diagnosis, and his journey through
the unforgiving illness was chronicled in a Facebook page his family
And no, he did not remain steadfast in the face of death because he felt hopeless. On the contrary, he harbored dreams of being a police officer. Like his dad Jonathan, who is a firefighter, his interest was to serve the community.
But thankfully, he
was a police officer before the illness overcame him. The city’s
Police Commissioner paid him a visit while in hospital and swore him
in as an honorary police officer.
little Nolan was now Sergent Rollin’ Nolan.
Needless to say, his
situation was not an easy thing for his family to deal with. His
mother Ruth needed every ounce of strength she could muster.
But in all this, Nolan’s faith and courage stood out. He was fearless in the face of death. He went as far as informing her he would wait for her in heaven.
She later shared a
conversation she had with the boy.
Mom: You’re in
a lot of pain aren’t you baby?
Mom: Poot, this
Cancer stuff sucks. You don’t have to fight anymore.
I DON’T?!! But I will for you mommy.
Mom: No Poot!! Is
that what you have been doing? Fighting for mommy?
Nolan: Well DUH!!
Mom: Nolan Ray,
what is mommy’s job?
Nolan: To keep me
SAFE! (Big grin)
Mom: Honey… I
can’t do that anymore here. The only way I can keep you safe is in
I’ll just go to Heaven and play until you get there! You’ll come,
You can’t get rid of Mommy that easy!!
Nolan: Thank you,
Mommy!!! I’ll go play with Hunter and Brylee and Henry!!
Nolan loved having his mother close. That way, he could look at her and hold her. She was even given permission to have a quick shower at the hospital, which is when Nolan finally shut his eyes and began slipping away.
When she got back, Nolan was swarmed by medical staff. He was in a comma and his lungs had collapsed.
emotion, she jumped on the bed and put her hand on the side of his
face. Nolan took a breath and opened his eyes before smiling and
saying, ‘I love you, mommy.’
He then passed away
as she sang him ‘You are My Sunshine’ in his ear.
Later, she shared
moments of him on the web. This included a photo of him lying on the
bathroom mat outside the shower, something he loved.
In a photo of him
saluting in his police uniform, she captioned, “My beautiful little