Then, this weekend, Curtis got word her son was free.
“I got a call from the FBI agent and she said, ‘Nancy, your son is standing beside me right now, and he’s free,’” Curtis said, recalling the moment she learned of her son’s release.
Once she knew her son was free, Curtis said she emailed James Foley’s mother, Diane Foley, right away.
“The first thing I did, even before I told my daughter, I sat down and sent an email to Diane Foley," Curtis said. "We’ve been through so much together and I didn’t want her to hear it from the media first.”
There are at least three other Americans being held hostage in Syria, and Curtis said knowing their families are still waiting for word about their loved ones makes her son’s homecoming bittersweet.
“I relieved about Theo but I can’t rejoice,” she said. “I know the Foleys and have met the other families I know about their kids.”
Theo Curtis will be back on U.S. soil in a few days, and his mother said the first thing she’ll do when she is reunited with her son is to “give him a big hug and probably cry," she said.
"And he'll probably cry."