The title of this article says it all…and this one’s a tearjerker!
Tricia Somers was given some awful news last spring: Her liver cancer was terminal, and she needed to start thinking about arrangements for her eight-year-old son, Wesley. As a single mother without a tight-knit family, she felt she had no blood relatives to safely rely on. Luckily, she did know one person whom she could trust with raising her son, and it was a unique choice—her nurse, Tricia Seaman.
“She came in and I just felt this overwhelming feeling of comfort,” Somers told WHTM-TV of Seaman. “It was strange. I never had that feeling before and I thought, ‘She is going to take care of me. She is the one.'”
The day she was supposed to be discharged from the hospital, Somers asked Seaman, “If I die, will you raise my son?” Stunned at first, the nurse finally agreed. Serendipitously, Seaman and her family were already in the process of becoming foster parents, so the idea of raising another child was something they had been seriously considering.
Somers and Wesley then spent time at the Seaman household. “The first time she was here, I said, ‘Does everything look okay to you? Is it what you had in mind?'” said Seaman. “I felt like I was interviewing … She said it was perfect.”
By the time Somers became weak from chemotherapy, the two women had grown quite close. “At one point I said, ‘I can’t be your nurse anymore. I’m your family now,'” said Seaman. “I talked to her and said ‘I want you to come [home].’ She kind of fell apart and cried. She said, ‘I’d love to.'” This past summer, the whole crew went on a summer vacation together. Somers is still alive today, but the paperwork has been filed for Wesley to officially live with the Seamans in the event of her passing.
“We just want Trish to live life to the fullest and … we love her and love Wesley,” said Seaman. “He’s a very smart little boy. We want to see him get an education and be successful and know that he’s not alone. He has a family. He’s not going to be all by himself.”
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Nurses, once you’ve wiped away your tears, tell us what you think about this story in the comments below. Can you even imagine one of your patients asking you something like this?
Source: ABC News