NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Police are investigating a string of break-ins in one Norfolk neighborhood.
But the crime hit particularly close to home for one couple.
The husband is terminally ill with cystic fibrosis.
His wife says she’s basically on borrowed time with him, and now they have to deal with being the victims of crime.
Jaime and Meade Eller met 3 years ago on a dating app. Jaime said their love was almost instant and they knew that they could face anything.
That includes facing his cystic fibrosis diagnosis, even in the last months.
“You plan to get married and then you’re like I want to live the rest of my life with this person and it’s like knowing that we don’t get that opportunity, so I wanted to do everything I could for him and one of that was getting married,” Jaime Eller said. “I decided however long he has left or whatever is left I want to be there by his side and make sure he has the best days as much as possible,” she said.
What they didn’t expect was to be victims of a robbery with no idea on how to move forward.
Police say there was a back window left open.
“I had a panic attack. I walked in and I was like this can’t be real,” she said.
“Every video game he had, I had a wallet full of gift cards stolen, we had cash stolen, he had some valuables left from his grandfather who passed away years ago stolen. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you don’t have much to begin with it’s like everything,” she said.
This in addition to Meade’s important medication.
“I can’t catch a break, we can’t catch a break as a couple, and it’s just like a punch in the face when you are already on the floor,” she said.
Meade’s health will continue to decline and now she has to figure out how to make up for what they’ve lost, but Jaime says through it all he is her rock.
“This guy can go through everything bad in life and he still wants to take care of me, and he still wants to make sure that we are taken care of as couple, it’s crazy cause a lot of healthy, happy people don’t get that kind of love,” Jaime Eller said.
Police say there are no suspects at this time.
If you would like to help the family here is a link to a GoFundMe.