Beatrice Granberg spent part of her 79th birthday on Feb. 27 undergoing her first chemotherapy treatment. Just days earlier, she had been diagnosed with two types of lymphoma.
Family members knew something was wrong after the normally independent Staten Island mother – a proud “Nana” to 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren – was suddenly lethargic and could barely walk without help.
“My mother was so out of it,” Lisa Venosa, one of Granberg’s children, told Fox News. “Everybody was like, ‘Well, does she have a walker at home?’ Nothing. My mother drove a car … [she] was a very young 78 going to 79. My mother was not my mother.”
Granberg, the “matriarch” of the family, as Venosa said, worked for the New York Police Department in the 1970s before moving on to Standard