Tricia Somers enjoys watching her 8-year-old son play with Legos. She knows moments like this could soon be gone, not because her son is growing up, but because she is dying.
Somers, 45, was diagnosed with liver cancer last year. In March, she found out it was terminal. The single mother’s biggest concern was her son and who would take care of him when she died.
“He is the only thing I got and I have to leave him,” she said. “It is really hard and I feel bad that I am doing that to him and he says, ‘Mommy it is not your fault.’ “
Somers’ options were limited. Her parents passed away from cancer years ago, her brother told her he did not see a child in his life, and her ex-husband has not been a constant in Wesley’s life.
She was devastated until a nurse, with the same first name, walked into her room at Pinnacle Health’s Community General Campus in Harrisburg.
“She came in and I just felt this overwhelming feeling of comfort,” Somers said. “It was strange. I never had that feeling before and I thought she is going to take care of me. She is the one.”
Tricia Seaman has been a registered nurse at PinnacleHealth’s Community General campus for 14 years and works in the oncology area.
“I remember when I walked in I told her it would be easy to remember her first name,” Seaman said.
It was late one night when Seaman walked into the room at the hospital to say goodbye to Somers that she got the shock of her life.
“Frantically, I said to Tricia, ‘If I die can you take my son? Can you care for my son?’ I pretty much floored her because no one had asked her to take their child. I figured she thinks I am crazy, but I knew that is what I wanted,” Somers said.
“I think my jaw just kind of dropped to the floor. I truly was speechless,” Seaman said.
Seaman told Somers she would take the request back to her family. What Somers did not know is the Seaman family was already in the process of trying to adopt a son. They just did not think it would happen this way.
Although Seaman’s husband was shocked by the request, he was open to the idea of helping a woman he had never met.
“In 20 years I have never had an occasion not to trust my wife’s heart,” Dan Seaman said. “When she called I said, ‘we have got to do something. We have got to figure out a way to make this happen.’ “
After much thought, the family decided they would take care of Wesley when his mother passed. They invited Somers and Wesley to move in with them at their home in McAlisterville, Juniata County.
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Now this the type of action that makes the under belly of the world worth surviving.
This makes your heart sing.
Bless this woman, bless her son. God watch over them.
Thank you very much for sharing .
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What a Pawsome story!! 🌸
Reblogged this on Sunshinebright and commented:
One of the most moving, sad and at the same time, uplifting stories I’ve ever heard. This video tells it all.
What a heart wrenching, sad and moving video as well as the most uplifting story I have ever read. What beautiful people the Seaman’s are and so happy they found each other. God bless both families.