A 21-year-old woman is feeling her dad’s love on her birthday, five years after his death.
According to a tweet shared by Bailey Sellers, her dad, Mike Sellers, died of cancer when she was just 16 years old.
The Maryville, Tennessee resident told WATE she and her family pulled together to care for him during his last months of life.
“I dropped out of high school and became homeschooled so that I could take care of him,” Sellers said. “So that my mom could work and take care of us. I spent every waking second with him.”
Sellers said before he died, her dad paid for a flower delivery every year on her birthday. This year was extra special, because it was the last flower delivery she would receive.
“When I opened this card, I especially felt him with me. It’s a cold feeling, then a happy feeling at the same time,” said Sellers.
Along with the bouquet of purple flowers, her dad also included a hand-written birthday card.
This is my last love letter 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, and 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!!!!
Sellers said her birthday always brought back bittersweet memories.
“I used to dread my birthday every year because of it,” she said. “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’s now a student at East Tennessee State University studying psychology. She hopes to help others coping with loss. Her plan is to go to grad school at the University of Tennessee.
She said as she gets older, she cherishes the time she spent with her dad in his final days.
“It was hard. It was very very hard on me. I’m really glad that I did drop out of high school and become homeschooled, I would’ve been more upset,” said Sellers. “I would’ve watched him get sicker and sicker. It was happiness, but it was a mix of happiness and sadness. Because he wasn’t suffering anymore.”