Tricia Somers, a single mother of 8-year-old Wesley, was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and was left wondering who was going to care for her son when she passed.
That answer came to her on her last day in Pinnacle Health’s Community General in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Somers asked her nurse, Tricia Seaman (oddly enough sharing her first name), if she would take care of her son after she passed, according to ABC News.
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Seaman, who has a family of four and was actually looking to adopt as well, said she didn’t know what to say at first:
“I didn’t know what to say in that moment. I told her I was flattered enough [that she] asked me. I said to her, ‘Why don’t you take a little time with this.’ …I was trying to be very diplomatic, everything in me was saying “Yes, I’l do it.'”
Somers said she couldn’t have felt better with her decision:
“She came in [Seaman] and I just felt this overwhelming feeling of comfort. It was strange. I never had that feeling before and I thought she is going to take care of me. She is the one.”
Somers soon began her chemotherapy, and it left her so weak that she could barely walk, let alone take her son to school. This was when Seaman decided that it was time to not only take Wesley into their home, but Somers as well.
“At one point I said, ‘I can’t be your nurse anymore. I’m your family now,'” Seaman said. “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.'”
Seaman said she and her husband have signed the paperwork to become Wesley’s guardians when Somers passes away. But this summer, the family, with Somers and Wesley too, were able to go on a vacation together.
“We just want Trish to live life to the fullest and …we love her and love Wesley,” Seaman said. “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.”