After her 2-year-old girl was diagnosed with aggressive cancer, this mom stayed with her in the hospital almost every night. When she saw how the nurses tended their little patients, she just could not help but be moved, and she shared her feelings on a Facebook post, which immediately went viral online.
Shelby Skiles’s 2-year-old daughter started to dry cough in March. After being tested, little Sophie was diagnosed with cancer in the lymphatic system. The cough was caused by a tumor “the size of a baseball” on her heart. Sophie had to go through chemotherapy to fight against T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer.
Skiles, 28, spent nearly every night since May at the hospital. Staying there and watching how the nurses tended the children, Skiles was so touched that she posted a letter to those caring nurses on Facebook, which has received more than 53,000 likes and more than 27,000 shares since it was posted earlier this month.
“I’ve been 150 percent shocked by how much attention it’s gotten,” Shelby told MailOnline. “You can tell the second they walk in that they love these kids.
“It’s incredible to watch people put their lives on hold and completely care for kids that really, really need it. And they care for the parents too.”
“All the things I see them do for us and for other people,” Skiles wrote on the Facebook post, “like the nurse who sat on the floor with me when I had a panic attack when we got the diagnosis.
“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.”
The viral post touched the nurses caring for Sophie at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.
“I just am so grateful that she did that,” said Susan McCollom, the clinical manager at the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, who has helped treat Sophie.
“Our job is very difficult, emotionally, physically and mentally and it kind of captured why we do our job and that what we do is not just a job.
“Stuff like that always brings tears to my eyes,” she added. “I’m very proud of my team, but not surprised because I know that’s what they do every day.”