Just when everything was already going bad, things started to turn out to be even worse. Ruth and Jonathan Scully received the worst news of their lives when they came to know that their son Rolan was suffering from a disease called rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. September 2015 got Nolan a blocked nose. The parents thought it was cold but he had breathing problems too and the medicine didn’t work.
Two months later, the doctors said that it was actually a tumor that caused difficulty to him in breathing.
This type of cancer has no known cure. Ruth wanted to share the awareness if this disease with her son, Nolan. She shared a photo of Nolan who was sleeping on the bathroom floor, terrified losing mother’s side even when having a shower.
After several attempts on the treatment, cancer made Nolan weaker. He got his cancer spread all over his body, decreasing his chance of survival by 20-40%.
When he was taken to the hospital for the last time, he hadn’t eaten for days because he would just vomit.
Ruth describes the last moments in the hospital room, on a Facebook post.
“I sat down with him and put my head up against his and had the following conversation:
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!!”
His parents thought of returning and spend one last night together, but then Nolan held one’s hand and asked them to stay in the hospital.
Ruth continued on Facebook, “My4-year-old Hero was trying to make sure things were easy for me….”.
About 9:00 pm we were watching YouTube in bed (Peppa Pig actually) and I asked Nolan if I could get in the shower, as I was not allowed to leave him and Mommy had to be touching him at all times.
He said ‘Ummmm ok Mommy. Have Uncle Chris come sit with me and I’ll turn this way so I can see you.’
I stood at the bathroom door, turned to him and said ‘Keep looking right here Poot, I’ll be out in two seconds.’
I ran and jumped into bed with him and put my hand on the right side of his face. Then a miracle that I will never forget happened….
My angel took a breath, opened his eyes, smiled at me and said ’I love you, mommy’
He turned his head towards me and at 11:54 pm Sgt. Rollin Nolan Scully passed away as I was singing ‘You are My Sunshine’ in his ear.”
The little boy woke up one last time, gathered his strength and told his mom he loved her. What a little hero.