She felt his presence when they arrived
It’s never easy to lose your parent, but it can be even more devastating when your still young and just trying to get through high school.
Bailey Sellers’s life changed when her father was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer two weeks after Christmas in 2012 when she was just 16. Her father Michael was only given two weeks to live, but he defied those odds and lived for another six months. That gave him just enough time to say goodbye to his wife and four children who tried to spend as much time with him as possible.
Michael knew that he wouldn’t be around for his youngest daughter as she graduated high school and went onto college, but he found a way to reach out to her long after he passed.
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Bailey and her family did everything they could to prolong Michael’s life, and to make sure that he was as comfortable as possible as the cancer spread unabated.
She told WATE that she “dropped out of high school and became homeschooled so that [she] could take care of him.”
“So that my mom could work to take care of us. I spent every waking second with him. I only left his side at 11:00 at night,” she continued.
Michael passed away the month before Bailey’s seventeenth birthday. On that day, Bailey received a gift that she would never forget. A big bouquet of flowers arrived from her late father which included a note that said that she would receive a bouquet on each of her birthdays until she turned 21.
This gift was bittersweet. “I used to dread my birthday every year because of it. It makes me think of him even more. But at the same time, it makes me so happy knowing he loved me that much,” she explained.
Most of the notes that she received with the flowers were short, but Michael sent a special letter with her last bouquet that she just received for her twenty-first birthday.
“When I opened this card, I especially felt him with me. It’s a cold feeling, then a happy feeling at the same time,” she recounted of her reaction.
Michael wrote to his daughter:
“This is my last love to you until we meet again. I do not want you to shed another tear for me my baby girl for I am in a better place. You are and will always be the most precious jewel I was given. It is your 21st birthday and I want you to always respect your momma and stay true to yourself. Be happy and live life to the fullest. I will still be with you through every milestone, just look around and there I will be. I love you Boo Boo and Happy Birthday!!!”
Though Bailey was dreading receiving the last of her gifts from her father, he really made her day. He also touched the lives of so many people which warmed her heart. She shared a photo of the flowers, letter, and a picture of her with her father on Twitter where it went viral. It has been liked 1.5 million times.
“I honestly think that was my dad. He was trying to make my birthday spectacular. He would honestly say it was God, he’d be very proud that it touched a lot of people,” Bailey said of the overwhelming response.
Bailey is earning her degree in psychology at Eastern Tennessee University in the hopes that she can go on to earn a doctorate at the University of Tennessee and help people suffering with depression like she did after her father’s death.
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