Our mom was the life of the party. She was everyone's friend. She always made sure everyone else was OK before she thought of herself. If you were around her, it was a guarantee you would be laughing until you were in tears.
Maria had been hospitalized for liver failure in 2010, and doctors recommended that she be placed in hospice, with only an 8% chance of surviving. Her mom decided death was not an option, and dropped everything to move across the country from Florida to California to be her caregiver. If there is ever anything to be said about our grandma Irene (Maria's mother), it was that she is a fighter. And ultimately, that is what our mom became.
After a few months of Maria being on bedrest, she was astoundingly back on her feet, considering the news we had received from the doctor just a few months before. Eventually, Irene was able to move back to her home in Key Largo, Florida.
Maria lived a happy and healthy 4 years in California with her daughters, taking them to the beaches in Malibu, trips to our home in Mexico and going to Sprinkles cupcakes in Beverly Hills at any hour of the night.
In 2014, unfortunately, the roles between my mother and grandmother were reversed. Irene became very sick to the point that she had to be hospitalized herself. Without any hesitation, Maria put all of her belongings in storage, and moved to Florida to be with her. She became her only caregiver, as my grandma couldn't even walk from the kitchen to the couch on her own. My mom did everything, including bathing her and taking her to the restroom.
Life in Key Largo was like a dream for our mom. She knew everyone, and built relationships with even the mailman & grocery store employees. Going for walks around the neighborhood, taking boat rides on the bay and gardening were a few of her favorite things to do.
She had been fighting an illness with liver failure for almost 10 years, and lost her battle on the morning of Saturday, June 3rd. Lauren found her at around 10:45 in her room, in bed, unresponsive and cold to the touch.
Our mom touched so many people. Everyone she came in contact with, undoubtetly, has a joyful memory with her that will stay with them forever.
We have many expenses following the passing of our mother, as she was our only source of income/care for our grandmother.
These expenses include the following:
Irene's medication cost
Irene's new in-home caregiver
We appreciate absolutely anything that anyone can donate. Thank you to those who knew Maria for always laughing with her and being there for her, she loved you all, and thank you to everyone for your love and support during this difficult time for our family.