“Everything Is Okay.” Mother Captures Moment When Three-Year-Old Son Comforts Four-Month-Old Son With Cancer
July 11, 2019 15:08 By Mambee
There is nothing that can heal the ache of losing a child. Nothing can replace the void that is left. Nothing can ease the pain of watching them die slowly and know that there is nothing you can do about it.
It has to be one of the worst fates for any parent, but perhaps what makes it a little better is when you see your other child stepping up to bond with their sibling. At that moment, your heart opens up a bit, and the ache ceases for a split second.
We believe that Sheryl Blanksby, from Western Australia, will be able to relate to this story because it is her story.
Sheryl and her husband, Jon, already had an incredible bundle of joy in their son, William. But they were ecstatic to have a ‘rainbow baby’ about a couple of years down the line.
However, when baby Thomas was only 11 weeks old, he was diagnosed with a malignant rhabdoid tumor. The first sign of the anomaly was a skin lesion that Thomas had been born with, but the parents had assumed it was a mere birthmark.
Unfortunately, when a lump on the abdomen was noticed, the diagnosis was made.
With this form of cancer being scarce and with no survival stories, it became a devastating journey as the family had to make the most of every moment of Thomas’s precious life.
As a blogger, Sheryl began sharing online updates of all the time they had been spending with Thomas. In one update, she captured the sweetest thing ever.
In the caption of the Instagram post, she explained that she was in the bathroom when she noticed that the boys were unusually quiet.
Expecting that they were up to mischief, she tiptoed to the lounge with her camera, ready to capture them in the act but was stunned to hear her older son comforting the younger one.
They were lying on a sofa as William softly laid a palm on Thomas’ cheek, saying:
“Kuya (big brother) is here. Everything is ok.”
Many remarked that it was the most beautiful photo they had ever seen and this prompted the family to set up a GoFundMe page.
With such little time left together, the funds raised were to help with the hospital bills and make memories with Thomas before he passes away. Luckily, they were able to raise over $40,000 and used it to have the best time with Thomas.
They went on water rides, vacations, and picnics. Sadly, Sheryl shared on her blog that Thomas passed away.
Nevertheless, she found comfort in the fact that he was surrounded by love from his family, especially his elder brother. Indeed, the sibling bond is something extraordinary! We pray the family finds comfort.