When 40-year-old Tricia Somers was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer earlier this year, her immediate thoughts went to her 8-year-old son Wesley. The single mom from Harrisburg, Pa., was all he had in the world, and the two were incredibly close. Who would care for him when she was gone?
Before long, Somers would have her answer, though it came from the most unlikely of places.
In March, a routine chemo treatment at her hospital led Somers to meet another Tricia—Tricia Seaman. Right from the start, the caring nurse immediately left Somers with an indescribable feeling of comfort.
“I remember when she came into the room, it was just an overwhelming feeling I had over me. It’s really hard to understand—it was just a warmth," Somers said, according to Today.com. "I felt calm, I felt at peace, I felt like this woman is going to be the one who’s going to take care of me."
Their instantaneous bond was hard to ignore, which is why only a few weeks after the two women had met—and only a few appointments later—Somers found herself asking Seaman a question that would change both their lives forever.
"Frantically, I said to Tricia, 'If I die can you take my son? Can you care for my son?'" Somers told WHTM-TV. "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."
Though she was stunned by Somers' request, it just so happened that the nurse had recently discussed adoption with her husband. Was this the way a new child would enter their family?
"I think my jaw just kind of dropped to the floor. I truly was speechless," said Seaman, who is already the mother of three girls and one boy. But when she took the request home to her husband and kids, they unanimously agreed: Wesley was meant to be a part of their family.
In May, after Tricia was told she only had a few weeks left to live, the Seamans invited her and Wesley to come live with them.
"We just want Trish to live life to the fullest and ... we love her and love Wesley," Seaman told ABC News. "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."
According to Somers, the Seamans' love and generosity has done more than just provide a safe place to live—she credits it with helping to prolong her own life, too.
“Ultimately, this family has saved my life because I was told in May that I may have a month, and I’m still here,” Somers told TODAY.