For any parent losing their child is the most heart-breaking and depressing experience—especially when that child hasn’t even experienced anything in his/her short life. William, three-year-old just learned that his younger brother is dying from cancer, and his reaction was both adorable and heart-breaking for many.
Jon and Sheryl Blanksby were excited when their now 4-month-old baby Thomas came into this world. But, unfortunately, instead of waiting for their little boy to grow up, the grieving parents are counting days until he leaves them for good after he was diagnosed with an aggressive type of cancer. The hardest part was that they had to explain to their eldest son, 3-year-old William that his brother is sick and is constantly in pain. His reaction wasn’t what they expected.
While walking into the living room, Sheryl heard William comforted Thomas, “Big brother is here. Everything is okay,” as he placed his hand on Thomas’s plump cheek gently. Sheryl captured the moment and later posted the heartbreaking photo on her Instagram with a caption saying she was expecting for Thomas to do something mischievous that would get him in trouble. Instead, she was surprised with the loving and touching scene of brotherly love.
The infant was only 11 weeks old when he was diagnosed with a malignant Rhabdoid tumour in his kidney. When Thomas was born, he has a lesion on his arm and the young parents thought that was just a birthmark. When his doctor checked for a lump on his abdomen and confirmed that the two lumps on his arm and the abdomen that the parents learned something was wrong. Both lumps were malignant. This meant that Thomas could only live for just a few more weeks or months.
“If you look at him, he looks healthy and perfect but we can’t move him much now. Cuddling him is a no-go any more. I just have to crouch down on the floor and pseudo-cuddle him. That’s why we just hold hands … we can’t hold him at all with his hip fracture,” she said. But he’s only in pain when we have to move him, nappy change and bath time, in between he’s a typical four-month-old.” Sheryl said.
Thomas even underwent a surgery to remove the tumour, but, unfortunately cancer had already spread to his lungs and hips, resulting a fracture in his right leg.
Still, his family is hoping that Thomas will continue to fight. “The fact that you can hold your children at night, they wake up, they walk and run, they hit their milestones, they get their birthdays. That’s what people should focus on instead of the bad things.”
“We often get caught up in our own little world of first problems and we sweat the small stuff, or complain about things that don’t matter,” she added