Death is always one of the hardest things people have to cope with. And when it comes to cancer, the outcome can be tragic.
Bailey’s father died of cancer when she was just 16 years old.
Losing a parent that early can be devastating, and Bailey’s father meant a lot to her. Bailey is now 21, so it’s been a few years, and she surely has had some time to cope.
But this time of year is when she misses her dad the most. And it’s also the time of year when her father sends her something to remember him by.
Her father, before he died, arranged to send her flowers on her birthday, every birthday until her 21st.
On what would have be one of the hardest days of the year without her father, he made it a little bit easier for her by giving her something to make her smile.
Bailey received her father’s last bunch of flowers on her recent 21st birthday, and that’s when she decided to share the flowers and a letter from her father with her Twitter followers, on November 24.
In the letter, written by her father before he passed, her father reassured to her that “I do not want you to shed another tear for me my baby girl for I am in a better place.”
It seems part of the reason that her father wanted to give her these flowers and letters was to help give her closure. Coping with a parents death, especially while being that young, is certainly not easy, and he wanted to make sure Bailey was successful, even years after he passed.
“I will still be with you through every milestone, just look around and there I will be.” He clearly wanted his daughter to know that he’ll be watching her. He ends the letter with a “Happy Birthday” from “Daddy.”
My dad passed away when I was 16 from cancer and before he died he pre payed flowers so i could receive them every year on my birthday. Well this is my 21st birthday flowers and the last. Miss you so much daddy. 💜 pic.twitter.com/vSafKyB2uO
— Bailey Sellers (@SellersBailey) November 24, 2017
The tweet now has over 350,000 retweets, and an unprecedented 1.4 million likes.
It would be an understatement to say that many people were touched by Bailey’s story, as the tweet is now 15th among the most-liked tweets of all time—hanging with tweets that are from high-profile people like Ryan Reynolds and Barrack Obama, according to Wikipedia.
A story like this shows the love a father has for his daughter, and his willingness to have her move on and be able to live her life, pain-free. Even if this was the last set of flowers, Bailey will know for sure that her father loved and cared for her, for the rest of her life.