A Selfless Caretaker, First as a Daughter, Now as a Mother

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New York Times

November 8, 2015

At 13, Celeste Lawton was sticking needles in her mother’s arms: Melody Banks needed insulin injections to combat her diabetes, and there was no one else to help when the nurse was off duty. By the time she was 14, Ms. Lawton had taken on so much of the responsibility for her mother’s care that the teenager stopped showing up to Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, Queens. Her grades plummeted to the point where she was asked to leave.