Speaking to Today, Salvatore said: "The nurses and doctors told her that it would be a miracle if she lived past the holidays, so the fact that she's still thriving is just a really great thing." "She's doing great," he adds. "If you could see her right now, she looks so cute on the couch with her feet propped up. She just hangs out on my couch and watches TV." The pair have developed a routine together as Salvatore cooks for Norma, who is childless and doesn't have any close family in California. They watch TV together, drink champagne, eat and she's even helped him cruise Grindr! The pair have been friends for five years and have remained incredibly close as Salvatore considers her his adopted grandmother. Norma has lived in the apartment complex for 30 years and, according to Salvatore, she doesn't want to move.
Norma has been all smiles for the last few days after seeing herself on the TV. I read all of your messages from around the globe to her and she cries every time she hears the kind words from all of you. We just want to both say thank you for all of the love and support. It keeps Norma healthy and definitely keeps my energy up to be able to care for all her needs. THANK YOU from the bottom of our very full hearts today! ❤ #myneighbornorma
"My apartment was the only place she would have moved. She has strong opinions about where she wants to carry out the rest of her days, and she wants to stay here." "Moving her in... it feels as though it was meant to be all along," he adds. "It's really fulfilling to be there for her." And Norma is thankful to have found a true friend in Salvatore, stating that "He's a really wonderful guy." We wholeheartedly agree, Norma. If you wish to donate towards Norma's care, you can do so here. More stories: One LGBT person is murdered every day in Brazil, study finds Donald Trump interrupts Dustin Lance Black's LGBT Series When We Rise