Sophie was a pretty common sound little girl until 18 May 2017.
Her parents, Shelby and Jonathan thought it was just allergies and when her doctor visited her he doubted for it to be asthma. But they would very soon know that it was much worse than expected.
She had to have an allergy test a few days later, but never got it.
One night she stopped breathing. It’s the worst thing that could happen to a parent. They rushed to call an ambulance which took them to the hospital. At that time the doctors found out that the little girl had developed T-cell lymphoma, Cancer. The 2-year-old was fighting for her life.
Unfortunately, the chemotherapy failed to ban her cancer from further development. The medical treatments affected Sophie’s ability to walk, talk, use her hands and eat.
As Sophie was fighting for her life, her mother and father stood by her side. Her mother’s only worry was her little girl and the way she was being attended. Her little body was in need of a stem cell transplant.
During this turbulent situation, Sophie’s mom Shelby noted a particular nurse who was trying very hard to go unnoticed. But Shelby was observing.
She took the photo while she had her back turned and shared it on her Facebook page that the parents had created to demonstrate Sophie’s fight against cancer. In her post, she wrote and brought to light everything she saw during Sophie’s care. The post goes on like this:
”I see you. I see all of those rubber bracelets on your arms and wrapped around your stethoscope, each one for a child that you’ve cared for and loved.
I see you stroke her little bald head and tuck her covers around her tightly. I see you holding the crying mom that got bad news. I see you trying to chart on the computer while holding the baby whose mom can’t-or won’t be at the hospital with her.”
”You put aside what’s happening in your life for 12 hours straight to care for very sick and something’s during children. You go into each room with a smile no matter what’s happening in there. You see Sophie’s name on the schedule and come to check on us even when she isn’t your patient.
”You call the doctor, blood bank, and pharmacy as many times as necessary to get my child what she needs in a timely manner. You check on me as often as you check on her. You sit and listen to me ramble for 10 minutes even though your phone is buzzing and your to-do list is a mile long”
”I see you. We all see you. No amount of snack baskets or cards can fully express how appreciated you are. You are Jesus to us every single day. Our children wouldn’t get what they need without you. Moms like me wouldn’t feel sane or heard without you. You save our babies and we couldn’t do this without you”
Shelby’s heartwarming message was touching not only for the nurses she wrote it for but other parents who underwent similar experiences and noticed that the nurses are the essence of the pediatric unit.
Their job is extremely difficult as they experience the worst times of every parent’s life over and over again. Unfortunately, Sophie couldn’t make it stay alive and thank all the nurses who fought with her to stay alive.
Her tiny body didn’t handle the medical treatments and the assailant cancer. She relapsed once again on December 22, 2017, and her parents made the decision to withdraw treatment. Shelby and Jonathan, Sophie’s parents cuddled her, sang songs, read books, watched movies and gave her all her love until little Sophie passed away in their arms.
”My goal through this entire process has been to be transparent and honest and shine a light on what really goes on during a battle against cancer. I haven’t sugarcoated the bad days but, I’ve also been able to show the great work the Lord has done throughout this. I hope to continue to do that as we continue on without her”, says Shelby.
Cancer is actually the most terrible thing one encounters, particularly when it aims little children. Sophie’s story makes us realize to live life to the fullest and enjoy every day given to us. We should love like there will be no tomorrow. But her story also has us become aware of the amazing job of the nurses and the other hospital staff which needs to be praised. They not only take care of their patients but their families as well.
They fight a battle which we pray not to, and they do so every day for one family after another. Help us by sharing this post in order to have other people learn about the amazing work the hospital staff does.