The Only Grandchild with a Heart....

by Melanie
(Chelsea, Alabama)

I am 35 years old, married, I have a 19 year old son in college, two step children 3 hours away and I own my own business. My father passed away 4 years ago and since then my grandmother (widowed and 88) has become completely dependent on me for everything.


Her two living children that live a mile down the road will not call her, go see her or help do anything. They will not even answer my phone call when I am constantly leaving them messages that I need help. All of the other grandchildren are too busy, have families, don't like her or whatever... but none of them check on her either.

Not to mention that this situation has financially drained me. I am one person and I AM TIRED! I have 24/7 cameras on her and tonight at 12:03 am she woke up and fell and I had to sit here and watch her struggle. I had to call the neighbor to go help her.

I don't think I can handle much more. She is my heart. I have cared for her for 16 years, but she consumes my entire life, to the point that my family has stopped asking for my time because they know my obligation. I miss my husband, my children and even my dog. Seems so selfish but.... what about me? I am disgusted by my aunt and uncle... but rest assure at funeral time they will be the first ones to arrive. If something don't change... I wonder if my health can take anymore and what will happen to my loved ones then. I can honestly say, when I die.... it will be from extreme exhaustion.

I just pray God lets me take care of Maw Maw, raise my children and be a wife forever before my strength runs out. The first free moment I have... I WILL BE FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS OF ABANDONED ELDERLY, by family members and by the government! AMEN!

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