Parents who spend most of their time next to hospital beds, hoping their sick baby or child pulls through, will relate to Shelby's story.
On October 3, 2017, Shelby Skiles shared a post on Facebook. It has since gone viral and made it the newsfeed of nurses across the world.
As reported by Faith Tap, Shelby was concerned when her 2-year-old daughter, Sophie, came down with allergies. Sophie wasn't feeling well, and her parents rushed her to the hospital.
Doctors diagnosed her with asthma and assured the worried parents that Sophie would be fine. A few nights later, Sophie stopped breathing.
Her parents were terrified of losing Sophie and followed her in the ambulance to the nearest hospital. Further tests revealed a small mass in Sophie's chest. It was cancer.
She was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma which spread aggressively throughout her body during the coming months. A long journey with chemotherapy and stem cell transplant lay ahead.
Spending so much time in the hospital, Shelby started to pay attention to the pediatric nurses. She noticed they were working selflessly, without complaint, caring for all the tiny patients in the ward.
In her open letter, Shelby said the notices all the acts of love, how they cuddle and care for their patients, and comfort the parents who were breaking under the stress and heartache.
She watches as the medical staff 'carry armloads of medicine and supplies' into one child's room, while their buzzers are reminding them that another child also needs urgent assistance.
Shelby also thanked the nurses who checked in on Sophie, and who asked how Shelby was doing, even if Sophie wasn't on their schedule for that day.
She saw how the nurses play with the children to cheer them up; hiding around the corner with a nerf-gun, or cheering a child who managed to run a lap around the ward.
Shelby saw them comforting mothers who received heartbreaking news and saw the heartache in their own eyes when a tiny patient's condition worsened.
'You are Jesus to us every single day. Our children wouldn't get what they need without you. Moms like me wouldn't feel sane or heard without you. You save our babies, and we couldn't do this without you.'
Shebly Skiles, Facebook, October 3, 2017.
Shelby posted her letter on a Facebook page she created to share Sophie's journey. At the time of publishing, the post has been shared more than 32,000 times and accumulated 5,800 comments.