Are you looking for a story to make you feel good? Then this may be not for you. But it truly depends on your idea of a happy ending, since honestly, though heart-wrenching, this story is also quite sweet.
The best people, who are born good, as the great Billy Joel sang, ‘Only the good die young’, and this sweet, sweet little boy proves it.
Nolan Scully, even at the age of 4, wanted to be the cream of the crop. It was Nolan’s dream to be an officer of the law, and to serve his community, like his firefighter dad. Sadly, at the age of 3, this little sweetheart was diagnosed with a rare soft-tissue cancer, and since his diagnosis with rhabdomyosarcoma, his family endured the most painful of journeys.
As his dying wish, the local PD made his dreams come true by making him an honorary police officer, and from that day forth, he will forever be known as Sgt. Rollin’ Nolan.
Young Nolan had the support of many, with doctors from around the world working together to bring him back to health and make him well. Regrettably, they later found out the sad news they had been dreading since they had heard the diagnosis.
Nolan’s ENTIRE team of doctors had sat down. When his Oncologist spoke, there was only pure pain in her eyes. She had always been honest with the team, and had fought alongside them the whole time. But his updated CT had shown large tumors that had grown compressing his bronchial tubes and heart within four weeks of his open chest surgery and the Metastatic Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma was spreading like wildfire. She had explained at that time she didn’t feel his Cancer was treatable as it had become resistant to all treatment options they had tried and the plan would be to keep him comfortable as he was deteriorating rapidly.
The whole team had wished that this news would never go, but Nolan’s mother Ruth, had decided that she had to have the strength for Nolan to let go, and Nolan being the strong and gentle boy that he was, had absolutely no fear of letting go. Instead of being scared, he promised Ruth, right before he finally let go, that he would be waiting for her in heaven.
Ruth shared with us, her last conversation with her sweet little Nolan:
Mom: Poot, it hurts to breathe, doesn’t it?
Nolan: Weeeelll…. yeah.
Mom: You’re in a lot of pain aren’t you baby?
Nolan: (looking down) Yeah.
Mom: Poot, this Cancer stuff sucks. You don’t have to fight anymore.
Nolan: (Pure Happiness) I DONT??!! 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! (With a big grin)
Mom: Honey … I can’t do that anymore here. The only way I can keep you safe is in Heaven. (My heart shatters at this time.)
Nolan: Sooooo I’ll just go to Heaven and play until you get there! You’ll come, right?
Mom: Absolutely!! You can’t get rid of Mommy that easy!!
Nolan: Thank you, Mommy!!! I’ll go play with Hunter and Brylee and Henry!!”
After this heart-shattering conversation, Nolan gives his mother permission to go take a quick shower; he closed his eyes and went to sleep. Soon after falling asleep, he went into a coma, but when his mother came back and lay down beside him, he woke up long enough for her to hold him and sing to him until he let go.