A viral photo captured the moment a husband refused to leave his wife’s side after she was put in isolation for her cancer treatment.
Marci Newman, 49, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in October and has been in and out of the hospital, Today.com reported. The family, from Temecula, California, has inspired people all over the United States after their daughter, Mackenna Newman, 17, took a photo of her dad, John, spending time with their mother.
My mom has to stay in her room in isolation for her cancer radiation so my dad set up a desk at her door to keep her company and I'm crying pic.twitter.com/rucH9HfDvk
— kenna (@mackenna_newman) April 14, 2017
“At first he was sitting outside in the backyard in a chair and talking to her through the window,” Newman told Today.com.
Then, he moved inside, she said. “On the first day my dad sat outside in the backyard and talked to her through the window. The last two days is when he set up the little desk to stay with her,” she told The Metro.
When she posted the photo on Twitter, she wrote: “My mom has to stay in her room in isolation for her cancer radiation so my dad set up a desk at her door to keep her company and I’m crying.”
Some people were moved by their story, including a woman who posted a photo of her son keeping her company during the same treatment for thyroid cancer.
This is my 7 year old sitting in my door way as I was in isolation. Thyroid cancer here too. Stay strong and stay positive. pic.twitter.com/CI0Sf7jxpJ
— The Network (@AutographNetwrk) April 24, 2017
“Beautiful! True, beautiful, [meaningful] love,” wrote one Twitter user. “All the best to your mom.”
“I am a little late discovering this inspiring tweet. Thinking of you and your family. Your parents are amazing,” wrote another. “Your dad. Incredible!”
“Amazing…may she heal soon. My heart goes out to you and your family,” another user added. “Stay strong you have an amazing Dad.”
“Kenna, I’m a #ThyCa survivor & a nurse. This is the sweetest!” wrote another user. “Loads of love [and] luck to your mom! Please let me know if I can help.”
Mackenna said she appreciated the outpouring of support on social media.
“The amount of love I’ve received is crazy and I didn’t expect any of it, but I’m so grateful,” Mackenna told BuzzFeed. “I just thought it was sweet because they are so in love.”
The 17-year-old’s mom, Marci, said that her husband has been quite supportive.
“Jon goes to every doctor’s appointment, every blood test, every surgery, every radiation,” Marci told BuzzFeed. “And, as you can see, if he can’t be by my side he is as close as he can get!”
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