You Need To See This Mom's Heartbreaking Post About Her Son's Last Days Battling Cancer

Two months after her son, Nolan's, death, Ruth Scully created a Facebook post in his memory, depicting the reality of his last days with cancer before he died. See the beautiful tribute and find out more here.

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On Apr 17, 2017
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On February 4, 2017, after a year-long battle with cancer, 4-year-old Nolan Scully passed away, leaving his mother, Ruth, devastated. Two months later, she finally brought herself to create a powerful post about the realities of her son's last days. She outlined specifically how he had stayed continually at her side, even laying down on a bath mat while she showered. Scully wrote in the post, which included a picture of her son laying on the bath mat as she showered next to a picture of the empty bath mat after his death:

My son was terrified to leave my side, even as I showered. 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.
My son was terrified to leave my side, even as I showered. 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.
Ruth Scully, CNN, April 14, 2017

The post has been shared over 650,000 times since Scully wrote it along with the photo:

The photo was especially poignant for Scully because it was while she was taking a shower at his hospital room that he slipped into the coma that heralded his death. When Scully came back to find him surrounded by a medical team and sleeping, she immediately got into bed with her son. Although he was not supposed to wake up again, he did so just long enough to tell his mother that he loved her before peacefully passing away as she sang "You Are My Sunshine" to him. When asked why she chose the photo of her son on the bathroom floor, she Scully replied:

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.
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.
Ruth Scully, CNN, April 14, 2017

Now, Scully hopes that her post will serve two purposes: first, to teach people how to be good to one another, and second, to raise awareness about the need to find a cure for cancer. If you have any words of encouragement for Nolan's family, feel free to post them in the comments below, and share his story with your friends.