Grandma with cancer refuses to move in with family—what neighbors do—’my heart can’t take this’

"Two separate cancers less than a year apart, it has been an extremely long two years to say the least"
June 13, 2018 5:33 pm Last Updated: June 13, 2018 5:33 pm

When someone you care about is sick, especially one who is elderly, it’s only natural that you worry about them.

They may think the constant check-ins are annoying, but they come from a place of love. You want them to remain as comfortable as possible, whether recovering from an illness or if they have a terminal diagnosis.

Darrien Middleton has been close to her grandmother since she was a 2-year-old.

Posted by Darrien Middleton on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Darrien Middleton, 24, shared recently with Love What Matters that two years ago her grandmother, Wilma, whom she calls Nana, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Less than a year after she underwent surgery to remove part of her lung, Nana was told she had breast cancer.

“Two separate cancers less than a year apart, it has been an extremely long two years to say the least,” she wrote. “Thankfully, she is still fighting today.”

Nana has battled two different cancers in the span of two years.

Since her grandmother’s health started declining, Middleton suggested that Nana move in with her, but the 78-year-old wouldn’t budge.

“She loves her home, her independence, her yard, and especially her neighbors,” Middleton wrote on Love What Matters. “Every morning around 6 am, she wakes up, makes a cup of coffee, and goes directly to her porch.”

Yet, every day Nana sits out on her front porch in Tennessee and watches the day go by.

Although Nana’s neighborhood might not be on anyone’s list of top places to live, Middleton said it’s the people who make it one of the best.

Since her job and studying prevents Middleton from bringing her grandmother to her appointments as often as she’d like, Middleton shared that Nana’s neighbors often step in and lend a hand.

“They are honestly what keeps Nana going,” she said.

Nana’s neighbors help take her to appointments when Middleton is busy with work or school.

While the majority of Nana’s neighbors are quick to help her out, there’s one named Caleb who has a special bond with the elderly woman.

Caleb is 7 years old and recently moved in with his grandmother, who is Nana’s neighbor.

“Prior to this, he was over there almost every day, and just like his grandmother, has visited and checked on Nana frequently,” Middleton recalled.

Nana and Caleb have a friendship that will make your heart melt.

Just wanted to shed some light in this dark world we live in……..

Posted by Darrien Middleton on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Since becoming neighbors with Nana, Caleb has had the opportunity to grow his friendship with her.

Middleton said the first grader now visits her grandmother up to five times a day.

Caleb makes sure he’s there for Nana when Middleton is unavailable.

“He stands out from the norm and brings so much joy into everyone’s life he is around,” Middleton wrote. “I am so thankful for him and the love he has shown my grandmother. I know for certain it has helped her on her hardest days. He will never know how much I truly appreciate him. I hope one day he realizes the impact he has left on her life and mine as well.”